It may be Pride Month, but Tyler James Williams is tired of people gossiping about his sexuality. This is not the first time that Williams has gone on social media to address some societal concerns. In 2020, he famously went up against Terry Crews amidst his claims of “black supremacy.” The two formerly starred together in Everybody Hates Chris. Williams was not in the spotlight for some time, but he was thrust back into it in the surprise hit comedy from Quinta Brunson, Abbott Elementary. In a new set of Instagram Stories, the actor has addressed rumors about his sexuality. Additionally, he has expressed concern over the culture of attempting to expose someone’s sexual orientation.
Williams appears to have come across social media posts suggesting that he displays certain behaviors associated with being gay. In his statement, the actor denied these claims. He also spoke out against anyone who tries to “catch” a gay person that isn’t out. Williams claims that this is a dangerous game and incredibly damaging to the LGBTQ community.
Williams Simultaneously Denies Being Gay And Defends The LGBTQ Community
Tyler James Williams appears to have come across social media posts about his sexuality. Apparently, these posts suggest that he displays certain behaviors associated with being gay. This is what compelled Williams to speak out. “Usually I wouldn’t address stuff like this but I feel like it as a conversation is bigger than me,” the actor said. “I’m not gay; but I think the culture of trying to ‘find’ some kind of hidden trait or behavior that a closeted person ‘let slip’ is very dangerous.” Of course, this practice is commonplace online. One needs only to look at the comments under posts by the likes of Shawn Mendes and Harry Styles to see it. Williams, however, says this behavior only contributes to a feeling of being unsafe for queer people.
“I’ve been very clear about the intentionality I try to put into using my platform to push back against those archetypes every chance that I get,” Williams 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.” The actor’s selfless statement no doubt meant quite a bit to members of the LGBTQ community. He went on to wish a happy Pride to his “queer and questioning” friends. What do you think of Williams’ statement? Be sure to sound off in the comments below!