The so-called “Pride Month”, which aims to commemorate the Stonewall uprisings of 1969 against discrimination against homosexuals by the authorities, has just ended and on the occasion of World LGBTQ+ Pride Day, international day for the promotion of self-affirmation, dignity, equality and greater visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as a social group, Vogue Spain decided to interview some celebrities who are considered icons of the community, including the young actor John Bell, best known for his role in the Starz fantasy drama, Outlander.
The young actor was born, raised and lived in Scotland until last year, when during a trip to Spain he fell in love with the free and friendly environment, and then decided to move to Barcelona to finally be able to really express himself at best without limits and be accepted.
“When I was eight years old, I entered the school talent competition, I put on a dress, I took some coconuts and put them in my top and my friend played piano and I did the can-can in front of 200 children at school. That felt electrifying and exciting and a lot of fun” tells John about the moment he realized who he was and who he wanted to be.
When asked if there were moments of liberation, when you finally feel like you’re okay with yourself, when all the pieces of the puzzle fit together perfectly, Bell refers to the first time he told his family he was queer. “There was no issue, and it was really good to finally say it.”
Finally, Vogue asked his interviewees to leave a message of encouragement, advice for all queer people in the world, especially those who every day face the fear of not being accepted and discriminated, and for this reason, they hide. John tears up our hearts with a truly beautiful and truthful message: “At the end of the day [coming out] it’s your decision, and it’s no one else’s business.”
This was the first time that the actor spoke openly about his queerness on social media, and it was very touching to hear his story, as much as it was to read the beautiful response from fans and his Outlander costars.
[see following tweets from Tim Downie, Lauren Lyle, Caitriona Balfe and Maria Doyle Kennedy. ]
And we at Survived The Shows can only wish him the best. Bravo John!
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