Sara Ramirez, formerly Dr. Callie Torres of Grey’s Anatomy, had an powerful message to share over the weekend. At the True Colors Fund’s 40 to None Summit, a two-day event to help end homelessness among LGBT youth, she shared that she was bisexual while speaking about how the young people’s lives, like hers, “touch on many intersections.” In her speech, Ramirez explained why her advocacy projects are so important to her.
She explained that sometimes youth homelessness is a result of issues young people encounter in expressing their identity, whether they are rejected because of their identity or because their identity is discredited by others. “So many of our youth experiencing homelessness are youth whose lives touch on many intersections — whether they be gender identity, gender expression, race, class, sexual orientation, religion, citizenship status,” she said.
“And, because of the intersections that exist in my own life—woman, multi-racial woman, woman of color, queer, bisexual, Mexican-Irish American, immigrant, and raised by families heavily rooted in Catholicism on both my Mexican and Irish sides—I am deeply invested in projects that allow our youth’s voices to be heard, and that support our youth in owning their own complex narratives so that we can show up for them in the ways they need us to.”
Ramirez later posted a tweet to reiterate the importance of speaking her truth and of creating a culture where it’s possible for others to do so without repercussion—and with the expectation of support. “#40ToNoneSummit #SpeakingMyTruth!” she wrote. “Will post full video of speech soon! #ThankYou @TrueColorsFund #WomanOfColor #Bisexual #Queer #Immigrant.”