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.

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.

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." 

@Bisexual News