YouTuber Lilly Singh gives epic monologue to anyone who has a problem with her sexuality
Nearly a year after coming out as bisexual, the YouTuber and late-night talkshow host Lilly Singh has something to say the people who have a problem with her sexuality.
In February 2019, Singh publicly came out with a simple tweet: “ Female Coloured Bisexual. Throughout my life these have proven to be obstacles from time to time. But now I’m fully embracing them as my superpowers. No matter how many ‘boxes’ you check, I encourage you to do the same.”
She later revealed that the announcement was particularly challenging for her because of her Indian background.
Almost 12 months on, she took to the stage on her talk show A Little Late With Lilly Singh to discuss the reactions she’s received since coming out, and the struggle of “coming to terms with being queer and Indian”.
“There’s a lot of homophobia in the Indian community. In fact, when I came out, people told me that I’d lose all of my popularity, all of my fans, all of my business in India.
“But then, I didn’t. Turns out in a place with 1.3 billion people a lot of them don’t give an F about who I give an F,” she joked.
Coming out was “truly one of the scariest things I’ve ever done”, she said, adding that her decision to do so online was “a great way to let people know something. Especially if you want to instantly know exactly how they feel about you”.
But for every negative comment she got, she received 100 that were “super supportive,” reminding her that she was now part of “this loving community that was ready to step up, support me, and fight the trolls”.
Singh discussed the subtle ways life has changed for her since coming out, from the need to find LGBT-friendly holiday destinations to the anxiety she now feels when holding a woman’s hand in public.
“Sexuality is a spectrum, and now my place on the spectrum has shifted I realise how many little parts of straight privilege I took for granted. Seriously.
“Like, there are basically zero rom coms that reflect how I feel. I want to watch When Harry Met Sally… and Sally met Priya and Priya met Rico and Rico met Frank. That’s what I want to watch, OK?
“And how about music? Queer people rarely get love songs. And when they do, they’re completely misunderstood,” she said, referencing the singer Frank Ocean who was labelled as a ‘gay rapper’, even though he is bisexual.
In the past year she’s read many comments from people online asking ‘Why does she talk so much about being a bisexual woman of colour?’ – to which she had a simple, cutting reply.
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“You don’t get to be the majority and tell me how many times I can celebrate who I am.
“If you have a problem with me talking about being bi or a woman of colour, that’s fine, you’re 100 per cent entitled to your own opinion. And you can talk all about it on your TV show. Oh wait, you don’t have one.”
You can watch the whole speech here: