In a message that can only be described as refreshing and honest, The Flash's Keiynan Lonsdale recently came out as bisexual on social media, and I'm ecstatic about sharing the news with all of you. Why? Because as a fellow member of the LGBTQ community, I'm excited to see more and more celebrities who don't feel obligated to hide in the closet. Especially stars like Lonsdale, who are followed by younger fans that will get the opportunity to see that it's OK to be different.
In a post shared to Instagram and Twitter, the 25-year-old wrote,
"I like to change my hair. I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls, & I like guys (yes), I like growing, I like learning, I like who I am and I really like who I'm becoming."
Lonsdale, who plays Wally West (aka Kid Flash) on the hit CW series The Flash, explained the struggles he’s gone through while coming to terms with his bisexuality. In his message, the actor shared,
"Spent way too many years hating myself, thinking I was less valuable because I was different...which is just untrue. A couple years ago I was able to accept myself, & it saved my life, but now I've gotten to a new road black & I feel kind of lost. I gotta take the next step & actually embrace who I am, which is pretty exciting."
Unfortunately, far too many members of the LGBTQ community spend years wishing they could change themselves, so it's awesome to see that Lonsdale is now embracing himself just the way he is.
"Not faking sh*t anymore," Lonsdale continued. "Not apologizing for falling in love with people no matter their gender. I've become bored of being insecure, ashamed, scared...no one should feel like that about themselves, especially when there is so much good life to live."
Such a powerful message! It's natural to feel scared and insecure at times, but that doesn't have to stop you from living an authentic life.
In the post, Lonsdale also explained that he was inspired to come out after seeing other young people embracing their differences. He wrote,
"Ya know more & more I see so many young people being their best / truest selves, it's f*cking inspiring...so what have I been waiting for!? Who knows. Everyone in their own time. I hope we can all learn to embrace who we are & not judge people who aren't exactly the same as us. The truth is we are all family, we're all one. Just love. Keiy."
In coming out, I'm sure Lonsdale will undoubtedly inspire others to embrace and love themselves as they are. It really is incredible that Lonsdale is not only being honest with fans, but that he's using his platform to promote acceptance.