This week read about Leyna Bloom making a name for herself in the modeling industry, a singer coming out as a lesbian, and an actress revealing Hollywood's homophobia behind the scenes.
Leyna Bloom Shakes Up the Modeling Industry
Leyna Bloom is showcasing her beauty inside and out as she prepares to become the first trans woman of color on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s swimsuit issue.
“My autonomy and my anatomy are beautiful,” she said in an interview for the New York Times. “I want people to see that, and to see that you can be respected, appreciated and loved regardless of your body shape, sexuality, and the color of your skin.”
Bloom is not only representing the transgender community, but also the Black and Filipina communities.
“I’m representing Filipina, I’m representing Black, I am representing people who have been immigrants. For them, I’m a vessel of change,” she said.
Bloom is set to appear on the July cover of the infamous swimsuit issue.
Kate Winslet Speaks Out About Hollywood’s Hidden Homophobia
Kate Winslet. Public domain photo.
Recently in an interview with Time’s Culture, Winslet shared that she knows of four actors who are terrified to come out due to the repercussions of the industry.
She’s now speaking out about the homophobia that lies within Hollywood and shows business.
"I cannot tell you the number of young actors I know — some well-known, some starting out — who are terrified their sexuality will be revealed and that it will stand in the way of their being cast in straight roles. Now that's fucked up," Winslet said.
She shared how the fear of judgment and discrimination from agents, producers, and casting directors keeps actors from coming out.
"I'm telling you. A well-known actor has just got an American agent and the agent said, 'I understand you are bisexual. I wouldn't publicize that.' I can think of at least four actors absolutely hiding their sexuality," Winslet said. "It's painful. Because they fear being found out. And that's what they say. 'I don't want to be found out.'"
Winslet hopes that the entertainment industry will have a wake-up call and change their mentalities so that queer actors can live as their authentic selves.
Kehlani Comes Out as Lesbian
Kehlani. Photo via Facebook.
Kehlani isn’t new to the LGBT community, but now she says she truly knows her place within it.
“You wanna know what’s new about me? I finally know I’m a lesbian!” she announced on Instagram Live.
She had come out as queer in 2018, but now identifies as a lesbian.
Fans quickly took to Twitter to show their support for the singer and songwriter.
“kehlani???? a lesbian????? we stay winning,” one Twitter user wrote.
Others tweeted to show their pure joy over the announcement.
“kehlani coming out as a lesbian just made my day! actually no... week!!!!! wait no..... MY WHOLE LIFEEEEE,” one fan tweeted.
Two things are certain: Kehlani is a lesbian and her fans have never been happier.
Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.