Andy Mientus recently got married to Tony Award nominated director Michael Arden.
But that doesn’t mean the star of the Broadway revival of Spring Awakening is gay.
Mientus, 29, took to Instagram on Monday (19 September) to share his thoughts about being bisexual.
‘I try to be visible all the time just by being true to who I am openly, but I know many people struggle with this because of the stigma associated with bi-ness,’ he writes.
‘I know that some of you, probably friends even, are reading this and rolling your eyes- “oh he’s still holding on to that? Who is SHE kidding?”- and I don’t blame you.’
Mientus is speaking out as part of Bisexual Awareness Week.
‘Not many are open about it so we appear to be very rare creatures, maybe even mythical,’ he writes.
‘I’ve definitely felt the pressure to just accept being lumped in as gay when I meet new people- correcting them feels super political and unnecessary in the moment but then later I realize that it’s my own shame.’
Mientus writes that he’s not speaking out to position himself as an activist or a role model.
‘I try to be the best person I can be always but I am just an actor, not a queer-studies professor, and I am learning along with everyone else. I have and will continue to put my foot in my mouth on issues so I won’t pretend to know everything.’
But he does know this: ‘Because of my platform as an actor, kids reach out to me almost daily confused about their sexuality and it breaks my heart to learn that they are denying their hearts, bodies, and souls just because of what other people will think of them.’
He points out that despite the constant talk about LGBTI issues, the ‘B’ is not often considered.
‘When I encounter ignorance about my identity, I always try to approach it from a place of warmth and education, so this is not me lecturing the monosexuals out there.’ he writes.
Mientus invites people this week to think about their own feelings towards bisexuals and to ask themsevles if there is any lingering doubt or prejudice there.
‘If you think you could be bi, ask yourself what is holding you back from accepting it- is it your own developing feelings or your fear of society around you? Together, we can end that stigma.’
Mientus is best known for his role as Kyle Bishop in the NBC series Smash and played Marius Pontmercy in the 2014 Broadway revival of Les Misérables.