“Let’s get real right out of the gate,” King Princess said. “I don’t know if the people in the back heard you, are you gay?”
"*Insert Ellen DeGeneres' TIME Magazine cover squat and wide smile* 'Yep, I'm Gay,'" Stenberg replies.
Stenberg also discusses the emotional moments she's had when she realized what her sexuality was.
“I was so overcome with this profound sense of relief when I realised that I’m gay – not bi, not pan, but gay – with a romantic love for women,” she said. “All of the things that felt so internally contrary to my truest self were rectified as I unravelled a long web of denial and self -deprivation. Like, ‘Oh, maybe there’s a reason why I kissed my best friends and felt ashamed growing up.’...
“I was flooded with a sense of calm and peace because everything that I struggled with or felt discomfort around finally made sense to me, and once those floodgates opened and years of pent up pain and shame were released, I found the freedom to live my best life waiting for me just underneath.”
For more on Stenberg's interview with King Princess, including representation of black queer women on screen, queer icons and her upcoming projects, go to WonderlandMagazine.com.