LGBTQ acceptance, despite our many advances, still has a ways to go.
But Twilight actress Kristen Stewart noted how far we've come in regards to coming out and claiming one sexual identity.
The 29-year-old actress told the Associated Press that she is happy that today's youth aren't faced with the similar pressures of having a "huge responsibility" in discussing sexuality as she has in the past.
Kristen outed herself on SNL two years ago when she said she was "like so gay, dude."
At the time, she was under immense pressure.
"I felt this huge responsibility, like one that I was really genuinely worried about if I wasn't able to say one way or the other, then was I sort of like forsaking a side."
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Stewart had previously dated men, including her Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson. But when she was spotted with other women, she found herself forced to confront her sexuality, publicly.
She worried whether or not declaring a definitive sexual identity would have consequences.
"Are people gonna look at me and say 'you're not setting an example'?"
"The fact that you don't have to [label yourself] now is so much more truthful."
Stewart commented on how different the culture is now, with younger stars being more open with gender fluidity and sexuality.
Definitions are so 1996. https://t.co/gQuexRsDRR— Totally Fucking Gay (@Totally Fucking Gay) 1556772516
Though to be fair if Kristen Stewart had gone to my high school I’d have probably realized I was gay a lot earlier— fight me michael mouse (@fight me michael mouse) 1556632268
It was something she had been "gunning for" for a long time.
"If you were to have this conversation with someone like in high school, they'd probably like roll their eyes and go, 'Why are you complicating everything so much? Like just sort of do what you want to do.' "
"I was gunning for that for a long time, so it's like, thank you. Kids, lead the way. It's really nice."
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She concluded by saying a person is not defined by their sexual preferences.
It's much more complicated now.
"Whether you like girls or boys doesn't even begin to describe who you are on the inside. I just feel like we don't even have the words to describe the complexities of identity right now."
why do i love kristen stewart so much like i know she’s gay and shit but like damn she’s amazing— dg (@dg) 1556589458
if you can’t take me at my closeted 2008 kristen stewart, you don’t deserve me at my openly gay 2019 kristen stewart— 𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕪/she/cher (@𝕥𝕙𝕖𝕪/she/cher) 1556309904
Stewart was less secretive when dating multiple women after she was caught cheating on Pattinson with her Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders in 2012.
She and Pattinson immediately broke up after a photo of Stewart and Sanders in an intimate embrace surfaced.
"I was like, 'Actually, to hide this provides the implication that I'm not down with it or I'm ashamed of it,' so I had to alter how I approached being in public. It opened my life up and I'm so much happier."
She and Maxwell parted ways in December 2018.
Stewart currently stars in Amazon Prime's J.T. Leroy, based on a true story about a woman who disguises herself as a male author while making public appearances.
Here's to 2019, where we should be free to be who we want to be without having to explain.