Michelle Rodriguez: Latest Celebrity of Color to Come Out of the Closet

And even though everyone already knew, it's still a big deal.

By Jamilah King Oct 03, 2013

Michelle Rodriguez came out as bisexual this week and the world collectively shrugged its shoulders and said, "Duh." In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 35-year-old Latina actress said:

"I don’t talk about what I do with my vagina, and they’re all intrigued. I’ve never walked the carpet with anyone, so they wonder: What does she do with her vagina? Plus, I play a butchy girl all the time, so they assume I’m a [lesbian]…. Eh, they’re not too far off." Elaborating, "I’ve gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too … curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks."

Rodrguez’s sexuality has long been the subject of Hollywood rumors, but her admission has been the subject of lots of discussion this week. The folks over at Autostraddle reiterate why one of the industry’s worst kept secrets is still a big deal:

As I’ve said over and over again lately, the rate at which celebrities have been coming out over the past two years is unprecedented and honestly quite thrilling, and M-Rod’s revelation is the cherry on top of the sundae that might actually be an endless sundae bar, if you get my drift. She’s also the latest in a long line of women of color to come out over the past year, like Raven Symone, Brittney Griner, Jasmine Jordan and Charice, bucking the flawed stereotype (often offered as an excuse for whitewashed lesbian media) that women of color just aren’t out.

Is change finally coming to Hollywood?