Jameela Jamil is queer. The actress has officially revealed her sexuality via Twitter, following backlash for taking on the role in voguing competition series Legendary.
The Good Place star was revealed as one of the show’s judges earlier this week. Immediately after the announcement, the actress expressed her enthusiasm to “bring [her] followings, press and new audiences to the show” and to “support and celebrate the ballroom community” despite her lack of connection to the culture. However, many queer stars who actually are deeply immerse in ballroom, like Transparent and Hustler’s star Trace Lysette, immediately questioned why Jamil – who they all presumed to be straight—was casted as such a major part of an LGBTQ-centered series.
The outrage barraged Jamil enough to feel as if she had to make a public statement about her sexuality—even though social is “absolutely not how [she] wanted to come out.”
“I know that my being queer doesn’t qualify me for ballroom,” Jameela Jamil clarified on Twitter. “Sometimes it takes those with more power to help a show get off the ground so we can elevate marginalized stars that deserve the limelight and give them a chance.”
As to why she is fitted for the role, Jameel said: “I’m just a lead judge due to my 11 years of hosting experience, being fully impartial, a newcomer to ballroom (like much of the audience will be) and therefore a window in for other people who are just discovering it now, and being a long-time ally of the LGBTQ community.”
News that Jameela Jamil is queer come years after she added a rainbow to her Twitter name. According to the actress of Indian and Pakistani ascent, the emoji was a sublet way of coming to queer. However, she kept it low because “it’s not easy withing the south Asian community to be accepted” and she was “scare of the pain of being accused of performative bandwagon jumping.”
Don’t worry, Jameela! In our book, coming out and supporting your community earns you +103,566 points!