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Amandla Stenberg Reveals Why She Decided to Recently Come Out

Amandla Stenberg Reveals Why She Decided to Recently Come Out

Amandla Stenberg is looking absolutely beautiful while gracing the cover of Variety’s annual Power of Young Hollywood issue, which is out now.

The 19-year-old The Hate U Give star opened up about coming out as gay, her identity and future. Check it:

On her feeling inspired by Beyoncé: “It made me feel like nothing else had before. It made me feel like I can do that. I can be that confident, razor-sharp, talented, efficient, loving and profound all at once.”

On recently identifying as gay: “I wanted to be transparent about who I was and stand with pride and hopefully, through that, make other people feel proud of their identities. There was definitely a little bit of nerves, but I’m lucky to grow up in an environment where I don’t have to feel repercussions for being myself and I can feel comfortable exploring and finding my truth. I wasn’t afraid because I had a lot of support around me.”

On the future of the industry in the wake of the Time’s Up movement: “I’ve been acting since I was a very little kid, so I have been aware of how the industry works. We’re at a turning point, but we have by no means fixed the misogyny of Hollywood or white patriarchy. But in terms of how we diversify our sets and diversify our on-screen narratives, I definitely think it’s a great time of change.”

For more from Amandla, visit Variety.com.

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Shawn Mendes Reveals Whether He's Dating Anyone!

Shawn Mendes Reveals Whether He's Dating Anyone!

Shawn Mendes is looking so handsome on the cover of Variety‘s annual Power of Young Hollywood issue, which is out now.

The 20-year-old “Lost in Japan” musician chatted with the glossy about his dating life, what drives him to be better and more. Check it:

On his dating life: “I’m not currently dating anyone, but it’s not because I don’t have time — I don’t know if I’d be dating anyone if I was home in Pickering, either. It hasn’t stumbled across me, and I’m not chasing it. Of course, seeing all those other artists and people in relationships, you think, ‘Maybe it would be nice; who would be great for me?’ And that’s when you realize: ‘This is wrong. Let it be. I’m not supposed to be with anyone right now.’”

On how he cultivated his fanbase: “People forget how important groundwork is — physically being in every city, meeting people, like in a presidential campaign. I’ve known nothing but that since I was 15, so it’s not like I was at one time very private and now I have to be open. I’ve always been like that. I don’t find it hard or disruptive, and I think I’m OK with it — until I’m not, anyway.”

On where his drive and sense of self comes from: “Insecurity of being not grounded? I have amazing parents and incredible friends, but just as much, it comes from being scared — fear of becoming the one thing everybody tells you not to be.”

For more from Shawn, visit Variety.com.

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Connor Franta Gives Advice on How to Find Your Social Media Aesthetic

Connor Franta Gives Advice on How to Find Your Social Media Aesthetic

If you’re struggling with figuring out your social media aesthetic, Connor Franta is here to help.

Here’s what the YouTube sensation had to share during his brand-new shoot with RAW:

On how he found his own aesthetic: “Trial and error. Just try things and figure out what works for you personally. Also, I’ve also been doing this for seven years, so it takes time (laughs). It just comes with time and practice.”

On the moment he realized social media was blowing up: “It was probably right after the first VidCon I went to. It was absolutely insane. I went as a fan, but I was also getting recognized a little bit for making YouTube videos too, so it just started to become more and more real because I was meeting people in the same industry and I had people wanting to meet me for doing something that I had admired for so long. So that was kind of like the first moment—that first ‘oh s–t’ moment.”

On his advice for anyone who’s afraid to come out of the closet: “Take your time. It’s very, very situational, so make sure you’re in a safe environment and make sure the time is right for you. Don’t let anyone pressure you into coming into yourself too early, that is a personal decision. So know that it will happen eventually, it will happen in your own time, and everything will be okay.”

For more from Connor, visit RAWPages.com.

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Chloe Moretz's Gay Brother is Her Inspiration in Finding True Love

Chloe Moretz's Gay Brother is Her Inspiration in Finding True Love

Chloe Moretz rocks a trendy pair of shades in her new shoot for Gay Times‘ September 2018 edition, available on August 31.

Here’s what the Miseducation of Cameron Post actress had to say to the outlet:

On how her older brother’s relationship is the healthiest she’s seen: “The healthiest relationship that I’ve ever seen and grew up with was not that of my parents, it was that of my brother [Trevor] and his boyfriend [Nick] who have been together – still to this day – for 11 years. That has been my most healthy parental relationship that I’ve ever seen. It gave me faith and hope that you can find someone to be with for a long period of time who you truly love. But for me, it’s interesting that it wasn’t your typical nuclear family unit – it’s my gay brother and his boyfriend.”

“I grew up fighting on their behalf because it broke my heart to see that yes, they can stand up for themselves, but people wouldn’t listen. So I took it upon myself with their blessing to go out there and talk about it, and to tell people, ‘Hey, being gay is not a big deal at all. But be proud and be out there and raise the flag high. Be a part of the community, and be for the community.’ So it was never a question to me whether or not I was ever going to be an advocate, and what that meant to my heart and how it shaped me.”

On taking this movie to the politicians in Washington DC: “In the current state of America, if you don’t have a message that you’re pushing out, if it’s not some sort of activism, then why are you doing it? I want this movie to be a platform. I want this movie to start a conversation and to help lobby against conversion therapy in America. I’m actually flying to DC to do a screening and to have an open conversation with a couple of politicians, and to talk about lobbying against gay conversion therapy in America.”

For more from Chloe, pre-order the September 2018 issue of Gay Times at GayTimes.co.uk/buy.

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Rowan Blanchard Wants to Make More Weird Movies

Rowan Blanchard Wants to Make More Weird Movies

Rowan Blanchard looks stunning on C Magazine‘s September issue, available August 28th.

The 16-year-old actress opened up about her acting future, her next book and activism. Check it:

On what she wants to do in the future: “Hopefully I get to make more weird movies. I just want to write more things and act in more things and make things that I think are worth making. So much of the culture is to put things out and not take your time. I’ve been thinking about this quote by Solange where she says she doesn’t put things out until they’re finished. I’m sitting with that quote this summer and thinking about what I can make. And I’m not going to release it into the world until it’s finished.”

On what she wants to achieve with her voice: “I still toy a lot with whatever it means to call myself an activist or an artist or someone who just likes words, and I guess at the end of the day, I’m just a person who thinks a lot, and sometimes it feels like I can compile those thoughts enough to share them with others. For me, the thing I really want to achieve by using my voice is to have more of a conversation. For now, I want to listen more and not speak as much, and maybe speak when I feel like what I have to say hasn’t been said, or it’s important for me to say it. There’s this sort of construed thing online that anyone who has a platform has to speak on everything.

On writing another book: “The book came out in February, and I still feel like so much has happened to me personally since then. So much of your teenhood is about dreaming about what it’s going to be like…and I’m finally hitting the point where I feel like I’m living the movie [moments] and having all these glimpses—like, oh, that’s like Heathers! At some point, when I’m able to get a bit of distance from it, I will sit and write. But right now, it feels like everything is happening so quickly and so in the moment that if I stop to write about it, I’ll miss it.”

For more from Rowan, visit magazinec.com.

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