Yesterday, the seventeen-year-old dancer, actress, singer, YouTuber, named JoJo Siwa, came out on twitter wearing a t-shirt that said, “Best. Gay. Cousin. Ever. ; https://twitter.com/itsjojosiwa/status/1352719582977355777.
Support flooded in my other LGBTQ celebrities including Todrick Hall, Ellen Degeneres, and Lil Nas X.
She discussed her this coming out in an IG live chat today. When questioned on her labels, she replied, ” “I have thought about this, but the reason I’m not going to say this answer is because I don’t really know this answer. I think humans are awesome, I think humans are really incredible people. Right now, I’m super duper happy and I want to share everything with the world but I also want to keep things in my life private until they are ready to be public. Right now what matters is that you guys know that no matter who you love, that it’s okay. It’s awesome and the world is there for you. There are so many people that are there for you. I know everyone’s situation is different and it might be harder for some people and easier for some people to come out or be themselves but I think coming out has this stigma around it — that it’s this really, really scary thing, but it’s not anymore. There are so many accepting and loving people out there that it’s okay. Of course people are going to say it’s not normal, but nothing is normal. Literally not one thing about anybody is normal and it’s okay not to be normal, it’s okay to be a little different, it’s okay to be a little weird, strange, different. That’s something we should never, ever be afraid of. That’s something we should be proud of. … I’m the happiest I’ve ever been, that’s what matters.”
Fans asked, “How long have you been a part of the [LGBTQ] community? How long have you been whatever you are?”
“I don’t know, I think my whole life,” she said. “Because my whole life, I’ve really really been, I just liked people, but I have never fallen in love before. But I always believed that my person was just going to be my person. If that person happened to be a boy, great! And if that person happened to be a girl, great! I think I’m just really happy. I think in life you know when you meet your person, I really do.”
She was also asked to about coming out to her family to which she replied, “My parents have known. My mom said she’s known for the last two years. She’s like, ‘I just know with you!’ Around two years ago, she was like, ‘I don’t think you only like boys, that’s totally okay.’ They’ve always been so everything … My family is awesome.”
And with that lovely message, I hope she inspires young LGBTQ fans to be confidently themselves. Maybe it will even convince some some parents that it is okay for their child to be gay because while this is part of Jojo Siwa’s own journey, it is also win for the LGBTQ community because Siwa has been hugely influential with kids. So being openly gay with a brand know for its innocent peppiness shows people that LGBTQ people can and already have been marketed to children. Congratulations JoJo!