BY BTL STAFF
Los Angeles – Sara Ramirez is known for keeping her private life pretty private, but on Oct. 8, the “Grey’s Anatomy” star shared something intimate during a powerful speech.
The actress, who is best known for her role as Dr. Callie on the Shonda Rhimes series, came out as bisexual while speaking at the True Colors: 40 to None Summit, a two-day conversation in Los Angeles that addresses LGBT youth homelessness across the country.
“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,” Ramirez 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, who married husband Ryan DeBolt in 2011, has never openly spoken about her sexuality, but has admitted in the past that it comes to question because of her bisexual character on “Grey’s.”
During a feature spread in Latina magazine back in 2011, Ramirez noted that she would receive hate mail for playing a lesbian on TV and openly supporting gay rights.
The True Colors Fund tweeted after Ramirez’s speech, “We’re so moved & inspired to see our dear friend/board member @SaraRamirez share her truth at our #40toNone Summit.”
She responded on Twitter, “#ThankYou @TrueColorsFund 4 the work you do 2 end #LGBTQ #YouthHomelessness & your support #Woman #Latinx #Bisexual #Intersectionality.”