Abbott Elementary’s Tyler James Williams Addresses "Dangerous" Sexuality Speculation

Abbott Elementary star Tyler James Williams recently shared a message responding to speculation about his sexuality: “Being straight doesn’t look one way. Being gay doesn’t look one way."

By Kisha Forde Jun 05, 2023 11:59 AMTags
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Tyler James Williams has a message for anyone speculating on his identity.

The Abbott Elementary star shared a statement to social media responding to rumors surrounding his sexuality, noting the conversation goes beyond just him as an individual.

"I'm not gay, but I think the culture of trying to ‘find' some kind of hidden trait or behavior that a closed person ‘let slip' is very dangerous," the 30-year-old wrote on Instagram Stories June 3. "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."

The Golden Globe winner added, "It makes the most pedestrian of conversations and interactions in spaces feel less safe for our gay brothers and sisters and those who may be questioning."

The actor also went on to note that the idea "also reinforces an archetype many straight men have to live under that is oftentimes unrealistic, less free, and limits individual expression."

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"I've been very clear about the intentionality I try to put into using my platform to push against those archetypes every chance that I get," he continued. "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."

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Williams then made it clear: "I refuse to inadvertently contribute to that message."

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The Everybody Hates Chris alum also reflected on Pride month in his message. "Happy Pride to all of my queer and questioning brothers, sisters, and individuals," he wrote. "I pray that you feel seen in ways that make you feel safe in the celebration that is this month."

"As an ally, I continue to be committed to assisting in that," he concluded, "where I can and helping to cultivate a future where we are all accepted and given permission to be ourselves."

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