Tyler James Williams took to social media to share a heartfelt and important message to kick off Pride month.
In a series of Instagram Stories, the Abbot Elementary School star addressed the rumors surrounding his sexuality and warned of the dangers of speculating about one’s sexual orientation, explaining that the “talk is bigger than me”.
“I’m not gay; but I think the culture of trying to ‘find’ some sort of hidden trait or behavior that an incarcerated person ‘releases’ is very dangerous,” he wrote. catching’ directly contributes to the anxiety that many queer and queer-questioning people feel when they fear living their truth.”
Williams continued by pointing out that if one feels like people are constantly trying to figure them out, it makes even the most basic conversations and interactions feel less safe to them. He also noted that it reinforces the archetypes men have to live with, which are often unrealistic, less free, and limiting individual expression.
“I’ve been very clear about the intentionality I try to use my platform to push back those archetypes every chance I get,” says the Everyone hates Chris star explained. “Being straight doesn’t look like one. Being gay doesn’t look like a certain direction. And what seems like harmless fun and conversation can actually be a dangerous message for those struggling with real issues. I refuse to inadvertently contribute to that message.”
He concluded his poignant message by wishing all queer and queer-asking individuals a happy Pride Month and said he prays they feel seen in a way that feels safe.
“As an ally, I remain committed to helping where I can,” Williams said, “and helping to cultivate a future where we are all accepted and allowed to be ourselves.”