Amandla Stenberg, who played Rue on "The Hunger Games," has officially come out as bisexual.
The 17-year-old actress shared her sexuality over Teen Vogue's Snapchat just before going to bed on Jan. 7. She had taken over the magazine's social media app throughout the day.
She said she "identifies as a black bisexual woman."
In the 1:42 second video, which was also uploaded to her Tumblr page, Amandla said it took a long time before feeling comfortable enough to open up about her personal life.
"It's a really, really hard thing to be silenced and it's deeply bruising to fight against your identity and to mold yourselves into shapes that you just shouldn't be in," she said in the clip. "As someone who identifies as a black bisexual woman, I've been through it and it hurts and it's awkward and it's uncomfortable."
She goes onto credit friends Solange Knowles and Willow Smith with helping her realize that when it comes to her identity, "there is absolutely nothing to be changed."
"We cannot be suppressed, we are meant to express our joy and our love and our tears, and be big and bold and definitely not easy to swallow," she said. "I definitely believe in the concept of rebellion through self-hood, and rebellion just by embracing your true identity no matter what you are being told."
Her candid declaration continued, "Here I am being myself and it's hard and vulnerable and it's definitely a process, but I'm growing and I'm learning."
Amandla rose to fame as she played Jennifer Lawrence's sidekick in the uber-popular "The Hunger Games." She has been vocal about race issues in the past, but this is the first time she's spoken publicly about her sexuality.
"This is just the beginning though," she said. "We need more representation in film and in television and we need our voices to be louder in the media."
She continued, "And not just women of color, [but] bisexual women, gay women, transgender women, mentally-ill women. I'm sick of all the misogyny and homophobia and transphobia that I see around me and I know you are too!"
On Jan. 8, the actress tweeted out a link to her personal clip, saying, "Shared something on the teenvogue snapchat last night. Bi black girls unite."
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