Natalie Morales, best known for her work on the television shows Parks and Recreation and The Grinder, has come out as queer.
The 32-year-old actress opened up about her life in an article on Amy Poehler‘s Smart Girls website.
Natalie talked about coming to terms with her sexuality as a teenager and her first relationship with a girl in high school, which she hid from everyone including her mother. She also talked about her experience going to a lesbian club and the relationships she has been in over the years that have helped her open up to herself.
“I don’t like labeling myself, or anyone else, but if it’s easier for you to understand me, what I’m saying is that I’m queer. What queer means to me is just simply that I’m not straight. That’s all. It’s not scary, even though that word used to be really, really scary to me,” Natalie said.
“I think it’s important that I tell you that this familiar face you see on your TV is the Q part of LGBTQ, so that if you didn’t know someone who was queer before, you do now. I also think it’s important that if there are any scared kids out there, like I was, I can tell you that whole ‘It Gets Better’ campaign is true. It does. And you’re not weird. You’re not bad. You’re not unholy. You’re exactly what God intended you to be,” she added.
Read the full open letter on AmySmartGirls.com!