This week read about actress Megan Fox coming out as bisexual, and Kumi Yokoyama coming out as transgender.
Megan Fox Officially Comes Out as Bisexual
Megan Fox celebrated pride by posting a selfie with rainbow-colored nails with the caption “putting the B in #LGBTQIA for over two decades.” The actress has always been open about her sexuality and first spoke about it in 2008 in an interview with GQ. “I'm not a lesbian. I just think that all humans are born with the ability to be attracted to both sexes. I mean, I could see myself in a relationship with a girl," said Fox.
The following year Fox told Esquire that there was no doubt in her mind that she was bisexual. “I think people are born bisexual and they make subconscious choices based on the pressures of society," she said. Fox’s pride post is earning her the nickname of “bisexual queen” and “bi icon.”
Japanese Soccer Player Comes Out as Trans
Kumi Yokoyama. Photo via Twitter.
Kumi Yokoyama, a Japanese soccer player for the Washington Spirit, has come out as transgender.
“I’m coming out now. In the future, I want to quit soccer and live as a man,” said Yokoyama during a YouTube interview. Yokoyama explains that being in the U.S. allowed him to explore his gender identity because his teammates and friends were more open to sexual diversity.
Yokoyama says that in Japan he would have never come out because there is bigger pressure to conform to social norms. Yokoyama’s mission now is to continue to live his truth and help raise awareness for queer and trans people back home.
“More people in Japan are becoming familiar with the word LGBTQ and it’s seen more, but I think awareness won’t grow unless people like myself come out and raise our voices,” Yokoyama said.
President Biden praised Yokoyama alongside Carl Nassib, another prominent athlete who came out last week, for their courage and inspiration to live their truth.
Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.