Thursday, February 9, 2017

Evan Rachel Wood speech about Being Bisexual

Actress Evan Rachel Wood delivered a powerful and heartfelt speech in North Carolina over the weekend at a Human Rights Campaign Gala, opening up about being bisexual people and the responsibility she feels as an LGBTQ public figure.

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The 29-year-old actress confessed she found herself attracted to women at age 12 but didn’t think it was unusual.

“I thought women were beautiful,” Wood says. “But because I was born that way, I never once stopped to think that was strange or anything to fear.”

“I also thought that men were beautiful,” Wood adds.

Wood, who said she “grew up a tomboy in North Carolina,” struggled to understand her own attraction to both men and women as a teenager. But when she heard an actress say the word “bisexual,” a light bulb went off. Having a recognizable term for her feelings, she said, “made [her] feel less crazy.”

She explained that learning to use her voice, despite being taught to stay silent, gave her hope. In a speech laced with quotes from civil rights leaders Audre Lorde and Nina Simone, Wood stressed the importance of artists using their voices to reflect the times. 


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Wood came out as bisexual on Twitter in 2012.
“As an actor, my job is to look at a stranger and find myself in them ― to connect the dots, to have such empathy for a character that I can read someone else’s words and be moved to tears,” Wood said in her speech. “Turning empathy into vulnerability... and it wasn’t until I saw the effect that it had on other people that I really started to see how powerful really allowing your most vulnerable parts to be seen was. I saw another side to what I did, and it was the power of visibility.”

“There was a time, despite what it may have looked like on the surface, that the fear had gripped me so tight, and I felt broken and unlovable. And I did not think I would see tomorrow,” Wood continues.”But because of the voices I listened to, because of the people I identified with, the films I had watched, the music I had heard, because of words like ‘bisexual’ and the doors that it opened, I’m still here. And I didn’t miss out on the most beautiful thing I’ve seen yet, and that was my son.”

Wood ended her speech by paraphrasing a powerful quote from E.E. Cummings: "To be nobody but yourself in a world that is doing its best to make you somebody else, is to fight the hardest battle you are ever going to fight. Never stop fighting." 


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