In wake of the tragic mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, former child actress Mara Wilson – best known as the childhood star of Roald Dahl adaptation Matilda, and Mrs. Doubtfire – has opened up about her own sexuality.
Sharing a photo of her younger self, she said:
Me at a gay club when I was eighteen. I feel embarrassed looking at it now… being a “straight girl” where I clearly didn’t belong, but I will say, I felt so welcomed.
I have never had a better experience at a club than I did then. Great music and people. And one of my friends met his partner that night!”
.@__SonjaLouise__ I said I *used* to identify as mostly straight. I've embraced the Bi/Queer label lately
— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) June 14, 2016
But the LGBTQ community has always felt like home, especially a few years later when I, uh, learned something about myself.
I *used* to identify as mostly straight. I’ve embraced the Bi/Queer label lately.”
Wilson was soon inundated with messages of support from her fans,
Your support is much appreciated. I will say, though, I’m still gonna be pretty private about my relationships, as I always have been.’
Wilson is often noted as an example of a well-adjusted former child star, and has spoken about LGBT issues and sexual health in the past.
Last year she tore into the film ‘Stonewall’ for its central white, gay, male characters and supposed lack of diversity.
Has anyone told [director] Roland Emmerich that Stonewall wasn’t one of the parties at his house exclusively for young, fit, white, gay men.
Go ahead and have your parties, but don’t try to alter history.
It’s just sad… Emmerich has said it was the studios that made him change it, buuuuut somehow I’m not buying it.”