Last Thursday, rainbow flags dropped from the heavens and blanketed the entire world in multicolored bliss in celebration of Pride month. We can be certain to see all kinds of signage and messages of love and acceptance (until July 1, that is) and hear various opinions of what Pride means to different people. One such person, Abbott Elementary‘s Tyler James Williams, wanted to inform everyone of two things. The first is that he is not gay. The second is that he thinks it’s wrong for anyone to speculate on someone else’s sexuality because it makes that person feel unsafe.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tyler, wanted to make a statement about the dangers of speculating someone may or may not be gay. And Tyler, who has long been suspected of being gay, wanted to start the month off right by kindly telling homophobes and Chatty Patty’s to shut the fuck up and let people live their lives. But he said it in a much more pleasant manner than I ever could, so kudos to you, Tyler!
In a series of Instagram Stories, the Abbott Elementary star addressed the rumors surrounding his sexuality and warned of the dangers of speculating about someone’s sexual orientation, explaining that the “conversation is bigger than me.”
“I’m not gay; but I think the culture of trying to ‘find’ some kind of hidden trait or behavior that a closeted person ‘let slip’ is very dangerous,” he wrote. “Overanalyzing someone’s behavior in an attempt to ‘catch’ them directly contributes to the anxiety a lot of queer and queer-questioning people feel when they fear living in their truth.”
Now this should have been more than enough of a tongue-lashing to shut folks up about what goes on in anyone’s private life. However, Tyler extended his sermon with a final nugget related to the entire human experience. He says that being gay or straight doesn’t come with a blueprint. And people should be left alone to live the lives they want without feeling fear or judgment about it.
“I’ve been very clear about the intentionality I try to put into using my platform to push back against those archetypes every chance that I get,” [Tyler] explained. “Being straight doesn’t look one way. Being gay doesn’t look one way. And what may seem like harmless fun and conversation may actually be sending a dangerous message to those struggling with real issues. I refuse to inadvertently contribute to that message.”
He concluded his poignant message by wishing all queer and queer-questioning individuals a happy Pride month and said he’s praying that they feel seen in ways that feel safe.
“As an ally, I continue to be committed to assisting in that where I can,” Williams said, “and helping to cultivate a future where we are all accepted and given permission to be ourselves.”
i hope everyone reads tyler james williams’ stories and takes notes pic.twitter.com/AgWIxgYTO2
— cait atreides (@timcqthe) June 4, 2023
And with that, Tyler dropped the mic, and it turned into an explosion of Skittles because, DAMN! That’s how you gather your haters without being nasty. I will say I’m bummed Tyler doesn’t play for our team,, but at least we know if we ever need to hand the bat to someone to beat a bitch down with some beautiful words, Tyler has our back 100%.
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