'Pretty Little Liars' Star Tyler Blackburn Opens Up About His Sexuality
'Pretty Little Liars' star Tyler Blackburn comes out as bisexual.
Tyler Blackburn opened up about his sexuality for the first time in a new interview in an effort to be "as happy as possible, as free as possible."
The star of 'Pretty Little Liars' and 'Roswell, New Mexico' told The Advocate, "I’m queer. I’ve identified as bisexual since a teenager."
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The 32-year-old star said he was in longterm relationships with women throughout his 20s but carried an "underlying curiosity" about men. Even though he identified with neither 'gay' nor 'straight', the actor initially felt pressure to adhere to one of those labels.
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Blackburn explained, "I heard so many things from within the queer community about bisexuality being a cop-out or bullshit or the easy way out or something, and that always stuck with me because I felt the pressure from all sides to have [my sexuality] figured out. And I think for the longest time, I suppressed more of my attraction to men."
The Los Angeles native added, "It wasn’t until my late 20s ... that I really allowed myself to go there and not just wonder about it or lust over it, but experience that vulnerability and experience the emotional aspect of what it is to be bisexual."
Speaking publicly about his sexuality, Blackburn said - "I just want to feel powerful in my own skin, and my own mind, and in my own heart."
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The actor currently plays Alex Manes, a gay war veteran and amputee on his current TV series 'Roswell, New Mexico'. Given the debate over LGBTQ people in the military as well as the scarcity of amputee characters on television and film, the actor views the role as a "big responsibility."
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Tyler claims playing Alex has had a personal impact too as it reminds him it’s important not to live his life only to make others comfortable.
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"I just want to live my truth and feel OK with experiencing love and experiencing self-love. Yes, there is an element of, I want to feel like it’s OK to hold my boyfriend’s hand as I’m walking down the street and not worry. Is someone going to look and be like, ‘Whoa, is that guy from that show? I didn’t know that [he was queer].’ I want to own my space now."
Blackburn added, "Now we’re at a place where fluidity is spoken about in such a beautiful way that it doesn’t make me feel as pressured to have it figured out."