In Moving Post, 'American Crime' Star Connor Jessup Comes Out as Gay

Monday June 24, 2019

Canadian actor Connor Jessup, who starred in two seasons of ABC's critically acclaimed series "American Crime" and the queer film "Closet Monster," took to Instagram Sunday night to come out as gay.

In an emotional post, Jessup shared a photo of himself and wrote a lengthy caption about his struggle to come out as gay.

"I knew I was gay when I was thirteen, but I hid it for years. I folded it and slipped it under the rest of my emotional clutter. Not worth the hassle. No one will care anyway," he wrote. "If I can just keep making it smaller, smaller, smaller... My shame took the form of a shrug, but it was shame. I'm a white, cis man from an upper-middle-class liberal family."

Acceptance was never a question. But still, suspended in all this privilege, I balked. It took me years. It's ongoing. I'm saying this now because I have conspicuously not said it before," he continued. "I've been out for years in my private life, but never quite publicly. I've played that tedious game. Most painfully, I've talked about the gay characters I've played from a neutral, almost anthropological distance as if they were separate from me.

He later added: "I'm grateful to be gay. Queerness is a solution. It's a promise against cliche and solipsism and blandness; it's a tilted head and an open window. I value more every day the people, movies, books, and music that open me to it.

"If you're gay, bi, trans, two-spirit or questioning, if you're confused, if you're in pain or you feel you're alone, if you aren't or you don't: You make the world more surprising and bearable," Jessup, 25, wrote. "To all the queers, deviants, misfits, and lovers in my life: I love you. I love you. Happy Pride!"

On "American Crime" Season 2, Jessup played a high school teen who was sexually assaulted and bullied. In Season 3 he played a young man addicted to drugs and struggling to find work. In the 2015 indie film "Closet Monster," directed by Stephen Dunn, Jessup played a gay teen finishing high school. The film also starred Isabella Rossellini, lending her voice to a talking hamster.

Jessup also directed a documentary profile on the Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who is queer, for the streaming platforms Filmstruck and the Criterion Channel.

Check out Jessup's Instagram post below.

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