While it was no secret before, 19-year-old Ezra Miller has officially come out during an interview for none other than Out magazine.
In case you don't recognize the name and face, the actor earned rave reviews for his performance as Tilda Swinton's deeply troubled child in We Need To Talk About Kevin. If The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is as good as the book it's adapted from, he might become the voice of a generation once the movie hits theaters in September.
He plays Patrick, a confident gay high school senior who is having a secret relationship with the school's star quarterback, and we don't think writer/director Stephen Chbosky could have found an actor better suited for the role.
“I was trying to kiss boys in school. He had some macho realization that led him to believe that I was the problem. So I went from having a stutter to being a totally gay little opera singer to being, like, a really confused queer adolescent.”
If that admission doesn't put an end to any discussion about his sexuality, than this one certainly will:
“I’m queer. I have a lot of really wonderful friends who are of very different sexes and genders. I am very much in love with no one in particular. I’ve been trying to figure out relationships, you know? I don’t know if it’s responsible for kids of my age to be so aggressively pursuing monogamous binds, because I don’t think we’re ready for them. The romanticism within our culture dictates that that’s what you’re supposed to be looking for. Then [when] we find what we think is love — even if it is love — we do not yet have the tools. I do feel that it’s possible to be at this age unintentionally hurtful, just by being irresponsible — which is fine. I’m super down with being irresponsible. I’m just trying to make sure my lack of responsibility no longer hurts people. That’s where I’m at in the boyfriend/girlfriend/zefriend type of question.”
Very insightful for a guy who is still a teenager until the end of September!
Still, he wonders if things really are getting better for members of the LGBT community that are still in school, as he added:
“[Bullying] does come with the territory of being a lesbian/gay/bi/queer/trans person in the public school system. And that’s been getting a little bit better, for parts of that spectrum, but not really. How far have we really come? I’m not sure. That’s up for debate.”
It may be debatable how far society has come on that issue, but we think it's undeniable that tolerance and acceptance of homosexuality is higher than it ever has been before.
And we know it will only continue to get better as long as more young people like Ezra aren't afraid to be true to themselves and the world around them.
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