Stranger Things actress Shannon Purser hopes her coming out will help other young people

Shannon Purser, who plays Barb in Stranger Things came out as bisexual last year.

Writing on Twitter after Riverdale, another show that she stars in, was accused of “queerbaiting”, Purser wrote: “I don’t normally do this, but I figure now is just as good a time as any to get personal.

“I’ve only just recently come out as bisexual to my family and friends. It’s something I am still processing and trying to understand and I don’t like talking about it too much.”


And recently Purser spoke more candidly about her coming out and how it has helped others to People. “I would love for us to get to a point in society where it doesn’t really matter what your sexuality is, but right now there is a lot of turmoil around that issue, a lot of controversy where there shouldn’t be,” she said.

She then added that although she doesn’t consider herself to be a “perfect role model” she wants to “encourage  young people and be somebody that they can look up to.”

Purser then added: “I just always think about what would I have needed as a kid, what would have meant a lot to me?

“If somebody can see me and feel less alone and more understood, than that’s it.”

Purser also spoke about fans messaging her about coming out, and she said: “That’s what matters most to me. That’s the best compliment I’ve ever received.”

Purser was speaking at the premiere of her new film, Sierra Burgess Is a Loser. Last week, the tracklist for the film was released and it looks like it’ll consist of banger after banger.

American singer-songwriter Leland, who curated the soundtrack, appears on three tracks: Lights, Latitude and Middle of Love, with the latter featuring pop newcomer Vincint.

Allie X also has three tracks: Paper Love, Sunflower – Synth Reprise and Kid Wonder.

Only One songstress Carlie Hanson performs on Goodbye and MNEK – who was recently unveiled as our September cover star – appears on Half Of You.

Sierra Burgess Is a Loser will be available to stream on Netflix on 7 September.

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Boy George admits he’s a “secret” fan of Madonna after previous feud

The singer made the comments despite previous calling Madonna “vile” in previous remarks.

It seems that any feud between Boy George and Madonna has now gone away. Speaking on a podcast on Nova’s Fitzy and Wippa’s radio show, George joked that Madonna “hated” him.


He then added: “‘I don’t know [why], there’s so many reasons.” George later backtracked on this, saying: “I don’t know if she [really] hates me anymore.”

He then admitted that he’d “always been a secret Madonna fan, really. I’ve got quite a few of her records. We just never ever kind of managed to meet, it’s the weirdest thing.”

These comments are a far cry from 2006, when Boy George said on Madonna: “I just think she’s a vile, hideous, horrible human being with no redeeming qualities. There’s nothing nice about her. I’ve never heard anyone say anything nice about her at all.”

This isn’t the first feud that Boy George has directly addressed. Last year, the Karma Chameleon singer addressed his feud with George Michael during the 1980s.

Speaking on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live he said: “It wasn’t really a feud. In the 80s, everyone — Pete Burns, me, we all used to like, be really bitchy about each other. It’s like the thing that you did in the 80s in those pop magazines.”

“Nowadays it’s a bit more respectful but in the 80s, you just said vile things about everyone.”

Related: Boy George and Culture Club release first new single in 20 years

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This new play explores young trans man’s journey from Egypt to Scotland

Adam is the remarkable, true story of a young trans man and his journey to reconciliation – with himself, those closest to him, and the world as he knows it. From Egypt to Scotland, it charts Adam’s fight across borders and genders to find a place to call home.

A powerful two hander, featuring an acclaimed performance from Adam Kashmiry, the real person on whom the drama is based, who made a notable professional stage debut in the production last year. He is joined on stage by Rehanna MacDonald.


Adam was born in a girl’s body in Egypt, but always knew that he was really a boy. Trapped with no way to describe this feeling, in a deeply conservative society where falling in love with the wrong person can get you killed, he knew that he had to escape. With a borrowed laptop he types in a question: ‘Can the soul of a man be trapped in the body of a woman?’ What followed was beyond Adam’s wildest dreams. A catalyst to begin the epic journey for the right to change his body, to the boy he knows himself to be.

The play features a score sung by a virtual choir of trans and non-binary individuals from across the world who are projected onto the stage, Adam is both a bold exploration of the experience of a young transgender person and an ambitious experiment with theatrical form, blending storytelling, classical composition and mass digital elements from participants from around the globe.

The play received fantastic reviews when it premiered in Edinburgh and even inspired a new award for theatre productions that achieve social impact – it comes to Battersea Arts Centre in London from 18 until 29 September.

Directed by Olivier Award-winning theatre director Cora Bissett (co-creator of Glasgow Girls, Rites and Roadkill and director of Room) with music composed by Jocelyn Pook (Stage Works British Composer Award winner in 2012 for her soundtrack to DESH), Adam is written by playwright and dramaturge Frances Poet.

In 2015 Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall burnt down. Adam forms part of the re-opening Phoenix Season which will officially re-open with Gecko’s Missing on Thursday 6 September.

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