Tessa Thompson comes out as bisexual, confirms relationship with Janelle Monáe, snatches wigs in Porter Magazine
It’s the Pride month blessing we’ve all been waiting for. For a minute, Tessa Thompson’s Instagram bio has been simply “YES” with a rainbow flag. It seems like the coy response to the unicorn in the room, but Thompson is much more frank in her Porter feature.
Photography by Nagi Sakai
Styling by Catherine Newell-Hanson
“It’s tricky, because Janelle and I are just really private people and we’re both trying to navigate how you reconcile wanting to have that privacy and space, and also wanting to use your platform and influence,” says Thompson. “I can take things for granted because of my family – it’s so free and you can be anything that you want to be. I’m attracted to men and also to women. If I bring a woman home, [or] a man, we don’t even have to have the discussion.”
She pauses in her dissection of a chunk of avocado toast, and puts down her knife and fork. “That was something I was conscientious of in terms of this declaration around Janelle and myself. I want everyone else to have that freedom and support that I have from my loved ones,” she continues. “But so many people don’t. So, do I have a responsibility to talk about that? Do I have a responsibility to say in a public space that this is my person?”
“We love each other deeply,” she says. “We’re so close, we vibrate on the same frequency. If people want to speculate about what we are, that’s okay. It doesn’t bother me.”
The gays have been patiently waiting since 2015 for Janessa to become canon. Monáe coming out as pansexual this year and casting Thompson as her love interest in the visual companion to “Dirty Computer” only added fuel to the fire.
If Kehlani and Hayley Kiyoko giving us recklessly-in-love, ride-or-die energy in “What I Need” didn’t do it, Thompson singlehandedly saved June 20GayTeen with this editorial and interview.
Read the rest of her feature here and catch her in "Sorry to Bother You" on July 6.