Chloë Grace Moretz is an influential young star, and her words about sexuality are likely to touch and inspire many.
Moretz recently opened up about the discrimination two of her older brothers, Trevor and Colin, endured because of their sexual orientation, and how the importance society places on labels only increased their struggles.
“To see my brothers struggle with the anxiety of having to come out was awful,” Moretz said during an interview with Nylon magazine for their December/January cover story.
“At 11, you’re incredibly observant and realizing what society is, and who you are, and people are kissing boys or girls for the first time, and you’re really starting to understand what sexuality is,” Moretz revealed of how her brother’s experiences affected her, before adding, “The problem is we live in a society where we have to say the words, ‘I’m coming out.’ No one should care what your sexual orientation is, what color your skin is, or if you’re a man or a woman.
Moretz has witnessed firsthand just how cruel people can be and revealed that her brothers were often the victims of verbal abuse and bigotry.
“People would call them the F-word, and I would get so angry,” she explained. “It was really hard to see my brothers be hated on or bullied, so I stood up for them. We shouldn’t be using these terms to create more labels and segregate us further apart than we already are. At a young age, I was motivated to fight for gay rights, women’s rights, minority rights — all human rights.”
Moretz is wise beyond her years and a very open-minded young lady, something she credits her progressive mother (a former nurse and now her co-manager and producing partner) for.
“Back when my mom was in college, when things were more taboo, she had lots of gay and trans friends, people of all shapes, sizes and colors,” Moretz said. “So we were a very open household.”
Moretz’s mom also set an example with her parenting that many should heed; she allowed her son to express who he truly was.
“My mom tells us people asked her, ‘Why are you letting your son run around in a pink Power Ranger costume?’ Her answer was: ‘Because he wants to wear it, and it makes him smile. Why would I take that away from him?'” Moretz shared.