"Parks and Recreation" star Natalie Morale is gay.
The actress came out in an open letter on Amy Poehler's Smart Girls website on June 30, saying that she was scared people would find out from someone other than her.
"I don't like labeling myself, or anyone else, but if it's easier for you to understand me, what I'm saying is that I'm queer. What queer means to me is just simply that I'm not straight. That's all," she said. "It's not scary, even though that word used to be really, really scary to me."
In her letter, she spoke about her upbringing and supporting gay rights even as a youngster.
The 32-year-old said she decided to come out because wants "scared kids out there to know that someone has been through what they are feeling."
"I know this isn't some big, life-shattering revelation that everyone will be shocked by. The reason I decided to share this with you and with the world is because even though me telling you I'm queer might not be a big deal these days, things are still pretty bad out there for people like me," she wrote. "There are gay concentration camps in Chechnya where people are being tortured right this second. In our very country, 49 people were killed and 58 people were wounded just last year because they were dancing in a gay club. Our safe spaces are not safe."
She added she's always been very secretive about her private life (she even lies to Lyft drivers about her occupation) and she plans to keep it that way. But, she felt that coming out was important.
"I think it's important that I tell you that this familiar face you see on your TV is the Q part of LGBTQ, so that if you didn't know someone who was queer before, you do now," she wrote. "I also think it's important that if there are any scared kids out there, like I was, I can tell you that whole 'It Gets Better' campaign is true. It does."
She continued, "And you're not weird. You're not bad. You're not unholy. You're exactly what God intended you to be. You are exactly what you are supposed to be, because nothing is supposed to be anything except for what it is, even if not everyone understands that. You are an essential part of the world just as you were created, and I want to see you. The real you."