The fact that sexuality is a spectrum is now a familiar concept to many, but society continues to insist that people label themselves with easy-to-digest summaries of their desires: gay, straight, bisexual, etc. But Lucas Hedges, star of Boy Erased, wants to exist in a world beyond over-simplifying labels such as these. In a recent interview with Vulture, Hedges commented that he identifies in a nebulous area between gay and straight.
In the interview, Hedges commented:
In the early stages of my life, some of the people I was most infatuated with were my closest male friends. That was the case through high school, and I think I was always aware that while for the most part I was attracted to women, I existed on a spectrum.
Lucas Hedges talking about his sexuality was all I needed today https://t.co/qNNosVMVnx— God bless Eva Green's boobs (@God bless Eva Green's boobs)1536160831.0
He went on to say:
I felt ashamed that I wasn't 100%, because it was clear that one side of sexuality presents issues, and the other doesn't as much. I recognize myself as existing on that spectrum: Not totally straight, but also not gay and not necessarily bisexual.
@Caarmssssss This was a very insightful and wise answer, not everyone needs labels and people are always experienci… https://t.co/844mWGSC4h— Luke 5 | 67 (@Luke 5 | 67)1536161620.0
Twitter was incredibly supportive of Hedge's honesty:
@e_alexjung @kylebuchanan "I'm very much within the conflict and confusion of my own life" is such a wonderful and astute way to phrase it.— Tom & Lorenzo (@Tom & Lorenzo)1536157178.0
@tomandlorenzo @e_alexjung @kylebuchanan Bless him. I can only imagine what it would have meant to me when I was yo… https://t.co/rG6OAcvlj1— Akash Nikolas (@Akash Nikolas)1536157811.0
@e_alexjung @kylebuchanan ahhh wow, this is such a raw nerve. much respect to him for trying to parse it out in pub… https://t.co/j4debWpbMm— Caroline Framke (@Caroline Framke)1536156648.0
@e_alexjung @kylebuchanan This is so wonderful. I just want to hug him and tell him he is valid, because I have bee… https://t.co/fCtdZLR3L8— Thao Dinh (@Thao Dinh)1536199685.0
Hedges feels that even though society presses us to identify as something its familiar with, there's no need to do so—while giving oneself a label can be helpful to some who seek community and validation, it's not a necessity if you feel it only serves to put your true feelings in a box that doesn't quite fit.
lucas hedges speaking about his sexuality..... i'm shaking.... https://t.co/6rCEemVsBO— kyle (@kyle)1536157365.0
Really respect Lucas Hedges for talking about this with such honesty https://t.co/7WxoOwKGFf— Kevin Fallon (@Kevin Fallon)1536156971.0
Thank you, Lucas, for helping us all to understand the world a little better!