It's awesome to witness celebrities supporting the LGBTQ community, and they've been expressing that support now more than ever. One of those celebs happens to be Demi Lovato, who's been a vocal LGBTQ advocate for years. The "Cool for the Summer" singer has never liked to label her sexuality, but her recent hand-holding with an out lesbian DJ has renewed the public's interest in Lovato's sexuality once again.
When asked to openly discuss her sexuality in an interview with PrideSource, she respectfully declined, and her reason for declining is completely valid:
"I just feel like everyone's always looking for a headline and they always want their magazine or TV show or whatever to be the one to break what my sexuality is. I feel like it's irrelevant to what my music is all about. I stand up for the things that I believe in and the things that I'm passionate about, but I like to keep my personal life as private as possible when it comes to dating and sexuality and all that stuff just because it has nothing to do with my music. Unfortunately, we live in a world where everyone is trying to get that soundbite and I am purposefully not giving the soundbite. Watch my documentary."
That response ignited a HuffPost Queer Voices article, which bashed Lovato for staying silent about her sexual orientation. The op-ed caught her attention, and she gave the perfect comeback in a series of Twitter posts:
Sexuality isn't a choice, but it is one's choice to be outspoken about it or not. No one should be forced to discuss their sexuality, and that certainly applies to those who are famous as well. Of course, coming out does matter; it has the power to inspire others, and make people in the LGBTQ spectrum not feel alone. But again, it's never an obligation or something someone owes to the world. If a person decides not to be out, that doesn't make them any less who they are, or give them any less of a place in the #LGBTQ community.
Lovato has always been loud and proud about her advocacy, which even earned her the GLAAD Vanguard Award in 2016. On her ever-growing support, she comments:
"People should be accepting of the LGBT community. It's a no-brainer for me. So, defending and standing up for the LGBT community is something that I've always been fearless to do because it's just the right thing to do."
With that in mind, expecting an explanation out of someone who's been extremely devoted to the community is unfair. In the past, she's been outspoken on issues such as mental illness and substance abuse, but that doesn't mean we need to know every little detail of her life.
As stated in Lovato's tweets, she'll address her sexuality in her upcoming YouTube documentary series, Demi Lovato: Simply Complicated, which will be released October 17. And if she doesn't address it entirely, and still continues to defy labeling herself publicly? That's totally okay, too. Lovato has inspired tons of fans to be comfortable with who they are. Regardless of her sexuality, she'll never stop fighting for the LGBTQ community, and that's all that truly matters in the end.
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