Chloë Grace Moretz: "No One Should Care What Your Sexual Orientation Is"

"The problem is we live in a society where we have to say the words, 'I'm coming out.'"

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Chloë Grace Moretz looks glam on the cover of Nylon (opens in new tab) this month, where she opens up about how she was affected by her older brothers, Trevor and Colin, coming out when she was in middle school.

"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," she says. "And to see my brothers struggle with the anxiety of having to come out was awful... 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."

Watching her brothers get bullied after coming out, was really hard on Moretz. "People would call them the F-word, and I would get so angry," she reveals. "It was really hard to see my brothers be hated on or bullied, so I stood up for them."

Moretz says that defending her brothers inspired her to take a stand against labels and to fight for equal rights for everyone. "We shouldn't be using these terms to create more labels and segregate us further apart than we already are," she says. "At a young age, I was motivated to fight for gay rights, women's rights, minority rights—all human rights."

Two years ago, the actress told Seventeen (opens in new tab) that to this day, she always has her brothers' backs. "I have two gay brothers and two straight brothers, and my gay brothers were treated horrifically until they grew up and understood how to deal with it. I will delete you (opens in new tab) and I will block you, and you will not be a part of my life if you ever say anything bad about my brothers."

That's one of the many reasons we love Chloë: for her, family always comes first, and she isn't afraid to stand up for the people she cares about or stop fighting for acceptance and equality for everyone.

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Hannah Orenstein
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