Abbott Elementary star Tyler James Williams is responding to rumors that he is gay and speaking out against speculating on someone’s sexuality.
Over the weekend, the actor took to Instagram Stories to confirm that, contrary to some speculation, he is “not gay.” Williams, 30, went on to explain why “overanalyzing” others and trying to guess their sexuality is a “very dangerous” practice, both because it limits how straight men such as himself behave, and leaves LGBTQ individuals or those questioning their sexuality feeling “less safe.”
“Usually I wouldn’t address stuff like this but I feel like it as a conversation is bigger than me,” Williams, who plays Gregory on the hit ABC sitcom, wrote. “I’m not gay, but I think the culture of trying to ‘find’ some kind of hidden trait or behavior that a closeted person ‘let slip’ is very dangerous.
“Overanalyzing someone’s behavior in an attempt to ‘catch’ them directly contributes to the anxiety a lot of queer and queer-questioning people feel when they fear living in their truth,” the former Everybody Hates Chris star continued. “It makes the most pedestrian of conversations and interactions in spaces feel less safe in our gay brothers and sister and those who may be questioning.
“It also reinforces an archetype many straight men have to live under that is oftentimes unrealistic, less free, and limits individual expression,” added Williams, who has become a red-carpet favorite thanks to his willingness to stray from traditional menswear looks. “I’ve been very clear about the intentionality I try to put into using my platform to push back against those archetypes every chance that I get.”
The Golden Globe winner continued, “Being straight doesn’t look one way. Being gay doesn’t look one way. And what may seem like harmless fun and conversation may be sending a dangerous message to those struggling with real issues. I refuse to inadvertently contribute to that message.”
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