Tyler Blackburn popularly known for his role in Pretty Little Liars talks about his sexuality and speaking his truth. The 32-year-old actor says he is “queer”,as in bisexual and wants to feel powerful in his own skin. He told The Advocate;
“I’m queer. I’ve identified as bisexual since (I was) a teenager,” “I just want to feel powerful in my own skin, and my own mind, and in my own heart.”
“You form a shell around yourself for protection,” he said. “And you start to make decisions based off of things outside of what you want and who you are. I stopped doing so many of the things that I loved doing because it felt safer. That right there is the outcome of oppression. When you literally have to mute who you are in order to feel safe. That’s soul-crushing.”
“I felt the pressure from all sides to have (it) figured out,” he said. “And I think for the longest time, I suppressed more of my attraction to men. It wasn’t until my late 20s, toward the end of ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ that I really allowed my self to go there and not just wonder about it.”
“I just want to live my truth and feel OK with experiencing love and experiencing self-love,” he said. “Yes, there is an element of, I want to feel like it’s OK to hold my boyfriend’s hand as I’m walking down the street, and not worry. Is someone going to look and be like, ‘Whoa, is that guy from that show? I didn’t know that (he was queer.)’ “
“I want to own my space now,” “where fluidity is spoken about in such a beautiful way that it doesn’t make me feel as pressured to have it figured out.”
Somehow i’m surprised and not-so-surprised…He is really handsome though.