Former Grey’s Anatomy actor Sara Ramirez has come out as bisexual.
The 41 year old revealed that she is bisexual while giving a speech at the True Colours Fund’s 40 to None Summit in Los Angeles on Saturday.
She later took to twitter to share an image of herself alongside the speech she gave showing support for the LGBT community.
The 40 to None summit is named after the 40% of LGBT youth who experience homelessness. Sara spoke about the intersections many youth face in her speech, and how that can affect identity.
“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.”
“And because of the intersections that exist in my own life: Woman, multi-racial woman, woman of colour, queer, bisexual, Mexican-Irish-American, Immigrant, and raised by families heavily routes 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 complex narratives so that we can show up for them in the ways they need us to.”
Record numbers of young people are coming out. According to the ONS, 3.3% of 16 to 24-year-olds identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual in 2015, up from 2.8% in 2014.
Ramirez has been married to her husband, Ryan Debolt since 2012. She is best known for her role as Dr Callie Torres who also identified as bisexual on Grey’s Anatomy.
You can watch Sara’s full coming out speech here: