In honor of Pride Month, Tyler James Williams shared an important message about the dangers of speculating on someone’s sexuality. On June 4, the “Abbott Elementary” star posted two Instagram Stories about how he worries that speculation about his sexuality could be detrimental to others.
“Usually I wouldn’t address stuff like this but I feel like it as a conversation is bigger than me,” he began. “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 someones 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.”
He went on to point out that constantly questioning someone’s sexuality makes every conversation feel less safe for “our gay brothers and sisters and those who may be questioning.” Williams added that trying to analyze a person’s behavior in order to deduce their sexuality further feeds into gender stereotypes. Overall, it’s not healthy way to interact with someone, no matter how they identify.
“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,” Williams wrote. “Being straight doesn’t look one way. Being gay doesn’t look one way. And what may seem like harmless fun and conversation may actually be sending a dangerous message to those struggling with real issues. I refuse to inadvertently contribute to that message.”
The “Everybody Hates Chris” actor concluded his message by wishing everyone a happy Pride. “Happy Pride to all of my queer and questioning brothers, sisters, and individuals,” he added. “I pray that you feel seen in ways that make you feel safe in the celebration that is this month. As an ally I continue to be committed to assisting in that where I can and helping to cultivate a future where we are all accepted and given permission to be ourselves.”