Cara Delevingne wants victims of homophobia to speak out
Cara Delevingne wants victims of homophobia to speak out and be heard.
Earlier this year, the Suicide Squad actress and model alleged that film producer Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed her.
Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 50 women, then told her that if she came out, she wouldn’t make it in Hollywood, Delevingne said.
The actress, who has been involved in high-profile relationships with other famous women, has defined her sexuality as “fluid”.
And she urged other LGBT people to join her in raising their voices against abuse.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, she said telling her story about Weinstein was “completely” cathartic.
The Paper Towns star explained that it had affected other people too.
“The other day, on Instagram, a young person said to me that their boss called them a ‘faggot,’ she recalled.
“And she asked, ‘Should I report them? Everyone at work said I shouldn’t.’
“I was like, ‘Absolutely, you definitely should.'”
A study from earlier this year revealed that one in nine LGBT employees in the UK are bullied at work for their sexuality.
She asked, quite rightly: “What would you say to your friend?” and urged others to think in the same way, to make next year better.
“This was just someone on Instagram, but it speaks to what I’d like to see in 2018, which is people speaking up and talking about things, no matter how painful they may be,” she said.
“The things that make you uncomfortable are what is important because that’s what’s going to help change the world and make a difference.”
She added, firmly: “It’s going to be a brighter 2018. A glitterier one.”
Speaking about her sexuality in the past, Delevingne said: “I am very happy how sexuality has become easier and freer to talk about, especially for kids.
“Once I spoke about my sexual fluidity, [some] people were like, ‘So you’re gay’, and I’m like, ‘No, I’m not gay’.
“A lot of the friends I have who are straight have such an old way of thinking.
“It’s ‘so you’re just gay, right?’ [They] don’t understand it. [If] I’m like, ‘Oh, I really like this guy’, [they’re like], ‘But you’re gay’. I’m like, ‘No, you’re so annoying!’.
“Someone is in a relationship with a girl one minute, or a boy is in a relationship with a boy, I don’t want them to be pigeonholed.
“Imagine if I got married to a man. Would people be like, ‘she lied to us!’? It’s like, no.
“I’m not gay. I am… I’m not. I’m fluid! I like fluid.”