‘Pretty Little Liars’ Star Tyler Blackburn: ‘I’m Queer’

Stating an intention to be “as happy as possible, as free as possible” going forward, Pretty Little Liars actor Tyler Blackburn came out on Friday in an interview with the Advocate.

Said Blackburn: “I’m queer. I’ve identified as bisexual since a teenager. I just want to feel powerful in my own skin, and my own mind, and in my own heart.”

Blackburn said he has felt pressure to come out as gay or straight because of a stigma attached to bisexuality: “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. It wasn’t until my late 20s, towards the end of Pretty Little Liars, 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.”

Read the full interview HERE.

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‘American Idol’ Contestant Jorgie Comes Out as Gay in Audition, Leaves Judges ‘in Awe’ with Original Song: WATCH

Jorgie, a 23-year-old American Idol hopeful, came out to his family on Monday night’s audition show before leaving the judges “in awe” with a stunning and vulnerable original song about unrequited love.

In an intro clip not included in the segment posted below, Jorgie talked about his background, saying, “My family doesn’t know that I’m gay, so this is a really big step for me. It’s not just me calling them and telling them – it’s me actually being on TV and spilling the truth out. I’m here today to celebrate who I am and to end that era of being in the closet – because it’s not fun. I’m ready.”

ALSO: Gay Church Janitor Stuns ‘American Idol’ Judges with Original Song About Whether Heaven Has a Place for Him: WATCH

In the clip below, Jorgie was asked by the judges if his father knows he’s gay, and replied: “He doesn’t know anything about me. He’s gonna see me and find out about everything.”

Jorgie then did a goofy impression of Katy Perry singing “California Girls” that did not set the judges up for what they were about to hear.

Moving on to his audition song, Jorgie said, “It’s called “Heaven”. I wrote this song about a guy that I liked but he didn’t know because I wasn’t out, and it was just like, ‘my life would be heaven if you knew that I liked you.’”

“You’re real,” said Katy Perry after hearing him. “You’ve got a real emotional voice. You just gave us serious pro.”

Added Lionel Richie: “When I say you nailed it, I mean, to the point of in awe. I love what you just did.”

“We love you just the way you are,” said Perry.

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Bisexual YouTube Star Lilly Singh to Replace Carson Daly’s ‘Last Call’ with Her Own Show on NBC: WATCH

YouTube star Lilly Singh (known as “IISuperwomanII”), is set to replace Last Call with Carson Daly with her own late night show on NBC, A Little Late with Lilly Singh. Singh is the only woman and only LGBTQ person with a late night show on a Big 4 network.

Singh made the announcement on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

She later wrote about the announcement in an Instagram post.

“I can’t even believe I am writing this caption,” she wrote. “This is so surreal. What is happening? I NEED TO SIT DOWN. Okay. *breathe* I’m THRILLED (and crying) to announce that ya girl is getting her own @nbc late night show! AHHHHHHH!! And not only did I get to announce this dream come true on @fallontonight but @sethmeyers came out and surprised me as well! I’m so grateful and overwhelmed to be joining this incredible family. I’m numb. I can’t even process. This has been SO long in the making and I’m so happy I can finally share this with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! There’s so many people to thank and I will do so over the next few (or hundred) posts. Watch the segment live at 11:30pm est! And now… it’s time to work. It’s time to make magic. It’s time to hustle harder than ever before. Blessings ”

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I can’t even believe I am writing this caption. This is so surreal. What is happening? I NEED TO SIT DOWN. Okay. *breathe* I’m THRILLED (and crying) to announce that ya girl is getting her own @nbc late night show! AHHHHHHH!! And not only did I get to announce this dream come true on @fallontonight but @sethmeyers came out and surprised me as well! I’m so grateful and overwhelmed to be joining this incredible family. I’m numb. I can’t even process. This has been SO long in the making and I’m so happy I can finally share this with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! There’s so many people to thank and I will do so over the next few (or hundred) posts. Watch the segment live at 11:30pm est! And now… it’s time to work. It’s time to make magic. It’s time to hustle harder than ever before. Blessings #LillyOnFallon #TeamSuperAllDay

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Singh came out as bisexual on Twitter in late February.

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