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A few days before Pride Month, Dove Cameron spoke in a touching interview for the summer edition of the about her decision to come out as queer and the importance of her relationship with her LGBTQ + fans Gay times. “I’ve been hinting about my sexuality for years while I’m scared to explain it to everyone,” Dove said, adding that she refuses to compromise her identity for any longer. “I was never confused about who I was. [But] I felt like I wasn’t going to be accepted and I had this strange story that people wouldn’t believe me. “
After Dove saw that her prominent role models, including Ben Platt, Kristen Stewart, and Cara Delevingne, were her true, authentic selves, she wondered if she could do the same. “It felt like something I could never talk about,” she said. “I feel like the industry has changed a lot in terms of the space for people with platforms to be human and not be taken apart. I was really nervous when I got out and one day I dropped it because I was acting like someone who was out and I realized it wasn’t me. “
“I choose to love myself, to be who I am every day, and not work depending on the room I am in.
Dove first spoke about her sexuality on an Instagram Live in August 2020. “I went on Instagram Live and said, ‘Guys, I really had to explain something to you guys. Maybe I didn’t say it, but I’m super queer. It’s something I want to represent through my music because it’s who I am, ”she recalls. “I’ve had such an incredible relationship with my fans ever since and we have this very safe space that we’ve created.”
Ever since she came out queer, Dove has hoped her life as her real self will inspire fans in similar situations to do the same. “I’m not a label person, but I’d say I’m queer and that’s probably my most accurate way of representing myself,” she said. “Coming out was about who I am as a whole, not who I meet or who I sleep with. I choose to love myself, to be who I am every day, and not to work depending on the room I am in. I don’t apologize for who I am. “