The Hunger Games is about standing up for what you believe is right, and former District 11 Tribute Amandla Stenberg's coming out as bisexual is just that; an eloquent tribute to being yourself and helping others to do the same. Check out the video for yourself.
A particularly touching portion of Amandla's speech focuses on the vulnerability one feels when opening up about something deeply personal — especially when this may be met with ignorance and rudeness from the outside world:
"Here I am, being myself and it's hard and it's vulnerable and it's definitely a process that I'm learning.
As someone who identifies as a black bisexual woman, I've been through it and it hurts.
It's awkward and it's uncomfortable but then I realized because of Solange [Knowles], and India Aire and Willow [Smith], and all the black girls watching this right now, there's absolutely nothing to change."
Speaking to Teen Vogue, Amandla expanded on her video, detailing the many ways that black women are pressured to conform:
"I think that as a black girl you grow up internalizing all these messages that say you shouldn't accept your hair or your skin tone or your natural features, or that you shouldn't have a voice, or that you aren't smart.
"I feel like the only way to fight that is to just be yourself on the most genuine level and to connect with other black girls who are awakening and realizing that they've been trying to conform."
My favorite thing that Amandla said in her heartfelt video was the phrase 'rebellion through selfhood': it sounds exactly like something that Katniss Everdeen would say. For a young woman to be so articulate and confident at only 17 is an inspiration. Amandla's honest coming out video is almost as emotional as her superb turn as Rue in The Hunger Games.
Do you feel that acceptance can be hard to come by for bisexual or queer youths?