Dove Cameron is famously known for her dual role in the Disney Channel show Liv and Maddy.
She has starred in subsequent roles too, playing the role of Mal in Descendants and the sequel Descendants 2.
But the talent doesn’t end there, the actor is also known for having a fantastic set of vocal cords and has a budding music career.
The star has recently opened up in interviews about her sexuality saying that she does in fact identify as queer.
She has since been on the cover of Gay Times where she came out officially as bisexual.
Throughout this article, we’ll look in deeper detail at the star’s coming out story and how this has since affected her life.
Accusations Of Queer-Baiting
As a community, those who identify as LGBTQ have often faced many difficulties, disadvantages, and discrimination.
This is probably why there are often such quick responses to homophobic tweets and comments.
Another thing that the community is quick to call out is queer-bating.
Queer-baiting is a tactic in which media producers imply non-heterosexual relationships or attraction in the hopes to engage the community whilst never actually developing the attraction any further.
This is such a problem because the community is taken advantage of for the benefits of further popularity without actually showing true and genuine representation which is desperately needed for the community.
However, there may be times that queer-baiting accusations are thrown around too quickly. As was the case with Dove Cameron.
The singer actor decided to come out after she received substantial criticism for her lyric video to the song ‘We Belong’ due to the inclusion of LGBTQ couples.
Cameron responded saying ‘Maybe I haven’t said it, but I’m super queer. This is something I want to represent through my music because it’s who I am.’
Why Dove Cameron Wasn’t Out Before This?
Dove opened up in an interview with Gay Times not long after her response to the public.
She detailed how before coming out that she was very afraid of showing her true self, something many of the community will understand and relate to.
“It felt like something I could never talk about” the Liv And Maddy star said.
“I was really nervous to come out, and one day, I dropped it because I was behaving like somebody who was out and I realized I wasn’t.”
Remembering Labels Aren’t Everything
It’s important to remember that everybody’s experiences are different. And that is true for all walks of life.
We are all born beautifully and uniquely, which does mean that no two of us will have the exact same experience, thoughts, or feelings.
While some members of the LGBTQ find great comfort in labelling their sexuality, others find power in not living by labels.
Neither feeling is either right or wrong, its a personal choice and experience as to what makes each individual feel comfortable.
Dove Cameron has said that she doesn’t see herself as ‘a label person’ and that she has identified as both bisexual and queer, though she does feel that currently queer is a better representation of her feelings.
When asked more about labels the Disney star replied ‘It was about who I am as a whole rather than who I choose to date or sleep with.
I’m choosing to love myself, to be who I am every day and not edit myself depending on the room that I’m in.’
She also assured her interviewer that ‘I’m making no apologies for who I am.’ I couldn’t think of a better way to put it!
Support From Fans
Though Dove had initially been worried about coming out she has been welcomed by thousands of incredibly supportive fans.
Coming out had even helped some of her fans come to terms with their own sexuality and personal journeys.
When asked about her reception from fans she said ‘I’ve had such an unbelievable relationship with my fans and we have this very safe space that we’ve created.’
She also noted that the fact that she hadn’t made such a massive announcement or deal out of her sexuality, it made fans feel much more comfortable about their own sexuality and that they felt safer coming out as they realized it doesn’t have to be a spectacle if you don’t want it to be.
She has further pushed for her heterosexual fans to support the LGBTQ community. Cameron said ‘Support your queer friends. Be in queer conversations.
Create an open space within you, within your community, within your circles and that’s enough’
Yes, Dove Cameron is LGBTQ, though she doesn’t particularly feel the need to be bound by a label as such.
The singer/actress has always said that she has always known who she was and that she was never afraid of people knowing who she loved.
But rather wasn’t sure that she was comfortable with sharing the intimate details of her life to the world.
Sometimes I think when we get caught up in the rush of wanting to know everything and anything about the famous people that we adore, we can sometimes forget that they are human too.
After all, I wouldn’t share or document every thought or feeling or action of my sexuality or sexual habits with the world and I’m sure you wouldn’t want to either.
It may not always be a case of being ashamed of who you are, or hiding an identity, but more just wanting to keep some parts of your life private.
Something I think that those of us who are not famous definitely take for granted.
However, the star has since revealed that coming out as queer was the best thing to ever happen to her.
So it’s great to see her out in the media living her life so authentically and true to herself. And I think she is a great representation of the community.
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