This week read about Mae Whitman and Marvin Cortes both opening up about their sexualities, and Tori Cooper becoming the first Black transgender woman to serve on a presidential HIV/AIDS panel.
Mae Whitman Comes Out as Pansexual
On Aug. 16, Mae Whitman, star of “Good Girls” and “Parenthood,” opened up about her sexuality and came out as pansexual.
In a tweet about her Disney Channel animated series, “The Owl House,” she said, "Being pansexual myself, I wish I had such incredible characters like Amity and Luz in my life when I was growing up. Queer representation is so so so important :,) keep it up world! #TOH."
She continued by explaining how she defines being pansexual, “I know ppl might be unfamiliar with what pansexual means; for me it means I know I can fall in love with people of all genders," she continued. "This is the word that fits me best 🌈 and I'm proud+happy to be part of the Bi+ community :,),” she said.
Whitman voices the character Amity Blight on “The Owl House” and the show has received praise for its LGBT representation.
‘America's Next Top Model’ Marvin Cortes Comes Out As Bisexual
Marvin Cortes. Photo via Instagram.
In early August, Marvin Cortes, a former contestant on “America’s Next Top Model,” took to social media to open up about his sexuality. The 28-year-old content creator and model came out as bisexual via a video posted on Twitter.
"I want to let you know that I'm coming out as openly bisexual. I've been in love with both men and women,” said Cortes in the video. "I've been proud to be a part of the gay community in my personal life, and I just want to share it now publicly online."
He is most notable for being the first male contestant in the history of ANTM to place as the runner-up and later went on to publish his own book, “Don't Waste Your Looks on Likes.” He is excited to live his truth and continue to use his platform to inspire others.
Tori Cooper Becomes First Black Trans Woman to Serve on Presidential HIV/AIDS Panel
Tori Cooper. Photo via HRC.
Tori Cooper recently became the first Black transgender woman to serve on the Presidential Advisory Council for HIV/AIDS.
She serves as the director of community engagement for the transgender justice initiative at the Human Rights Campaign and is eager to advocate for transgender and nonbinary people. In an interview with NPR, Cooper discussed her goals for the council.
"My goal as an individual who's part of a collective is to make sure that we are bringing more equitable health outcomes and even the playing field [to] increase people's capacity to live healthily and happily," said Cooper.
This council was originally formed by former President Bill Clinton and provides advice, information and recommendations on HIV and AIDS to the secretary of Health and Human Services.
"Being the first of anything is always daunting," Cooper said regarding her new role on the presidential panel. "But it also is a great opportunity to break down barriers and open doors for other people as well."