Broadway and #TV actress Sara Ramirez, best known for her role as Dr. Callie Torres on the hit ABC show Grey's Anatomy, has recently opened up about her sexuality during a fundraiser on behalf of homeless #LGBT youth.
The 41-year-old actress appeared at the True Color Fund's 40 to None Summit in Los Angeles, and read a speech where she publicly announced her bisexuality.
Ramirez, who is married to businessman Ryan DeBold, addressed the importance of acknowledging intersectionality, and spoke her truth with a powerful speech last weekend:
“Because of the intersections that exist in my own life: woman, multi-racial woman, woman of color, queer, bisexual, Mexican-Irish American, immigrant, and raised by families heavily rooted in Catholicism on both my Mexican and Irish sides, I am deeply invested in projects that allow our youth’s voices to be heard.”
Speaking to The Huffington Post after the Summit, Ramirez said the decision to come out felt 'natural':
“It made sense for me at this time as it was one piece of a larger context I was communicating. Our most marginalized youth touch on many intersections, and in describing the concept of inter sectionalities, I decided to describe the ones that exist in my own life.”
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Fans have rallied round Ramirez, praising the actress for her for the bold and important decision to come out:
Ramirez's character on Grey's came out as bisexual in Season 4, and her on-screen relationship with Jessica Capshaw's Arizona Robbins became a staple of the show, providing some much needed LGBT representation. While the couple certainly had their ups and downs (and a tear-jerking separation), the pair remain fan-favorites, and are still one of the only long-term lesbian relationships to be represented on TV.
Even in 2016, coming out is not an easy thing to do — especially when you're in the public eye — but Sara offered up some great advice for #NationalComingOutDay:
This year in particular, it's important to stand up and be your authentic self in the face of so much negativity and ignorance, so congratulations Sara, your words help continue the conversation and aid others in their journey for acceptance and truth.