National LGBT youth organization, The Trevor Project, hosted an event where The View host Rosie Perez made a surprising revelation about her sexuality.
She recounted a same-sex fling she had with a girl at her junior high school named Michelle. “All I wanted to do was hump her,” said Perez. “And I suppressed the urge and suppressed the urge and suppressed the urge until Michelle one day started humping on me.”
“I’m not the only one that went through this questioning period. I’m not the only one that suppressed those feelings, who hid their story,” she continued. “I know I’m not lesbian, gay or whatever — I’m a quasi-straight person — I still went through that period. And I thought I was all alone.”
Perez, who is happily married to graphic artist Eric Haze, said her intimate relationship with Michelle eventually faded before they stopped being friends altogether. The 50-year-old actress became overwhelmed with a sense of loneliness during her “period of questioning.”
“I remember that hurt and that hurt kept me silent, and that silence brought shame,” she said. “I didn’t have a community. No, I’m not gay, lesbian, transgender […] but I’m a human being.”
The Trevor Project was founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award-winning short film TREVOR, and is the leading national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 13-24.
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