Female. Coloured. Bisexual.
With those three words, YouTube star Lilly Singh spoke her truth Sunday night. And LGBTQ folks say her announcement is momentous because it will open the door for others to share theirs.
Always outspoken about the need to foster love, understanding and acceptance of all, including oneself, she furthered that mission in her simple but powerful social media post:
“Throughout my life these have proven to be obstacles from time to time. But now I’m fully embracing them as my superpowers,” wrote Singh, whose online handle is IISuperwomanII.
“No matter how many ‘boxes’ you check, I encourage you to do the same.”
Her announcement was met with an avalanche of support, retweets, likes and celebratory replies online.
idk about her personally, but seeing another first gen indian come out so publically is amazing because often in our culture that *is* an obstacle to being accepted
so that’s how i saw the tweet; it doesn’t matter if people hold these things against you, be proud of them
— Hunter Cross ?️? (@despicablycrazy) February 26, 2019
???? lily i had no idea you were queer too, i love u even more now! it’s amazing to see another brown person be out and proud about their sexuality ???????????
— leo kaLyan (@leokalyan) February 25, 2019
Singh felt the love and support, tweeting her gratitude for all the kind messages Monday.
Thank you so much for the love and positivity. Words can’t describe how much it means. I appreciate you all. Group hug ❤️❤️❤️❤️?
— Lilly Singh (@IISuperwomanII) February 25, 2019
The self-proclaimed Superwoman is the daughter of Punjabi parents; her father immigrated to Canada in 1972 and her mother in 1981, and Singh was born in 1988. Raised in a traditional Sikh household, she began posting YouTube videos in 2010, while still a student, as a way of battling depression caused in part by her lack of enthusiasm for a conventional career. Her videos, in which she often plays her Punjabi parents, touch on her culture, dating and life in general.