Singer/songwriter, columnist, dream-chaser. Editor of @Villainesse. Co-creator of #MyBodyMyTerms and #TheREALSexTalk. | Photo: lizziemarvelly Instagram
Lizzie Marvelly has come out as bi after turning down a Celebrity Ally Award.
The New Zealand born singer/songwriter took to Instagram to explain how she felt.
Her post begins by explaining that while she was honored to be nominated for the Celebrity Ally Award at the LGBTQI Awards, she couldn’t accept the nomination.
‘I feel it’s time that I shared the reason why with you. I am bisexual,’ the singer adds
The singer explains that she has been ‘slowly been going through the process of coming out’ over the last few years.
She began by coming out to friends, then her family, then colleagues ‘and now I’m coming out to you.’
Marvelly adds that while it is 2018 and ‘it shouldn’t be a big deal’, it hasn’t been easy.
She continues: ‘I didn’t know I was bi until my early 20s. I didn’t know if the people I loved would be okay with it.
‘I’m a very private person when it comes to my personal life, and I didn’t know whether I could deal with the scrutiny of having my sexuality highlighted in the media.’
As well as creating music, Marvelly is a political commentator and journalist.
She started media outlet Villainesse in May 2015.
They were behind the popular 2015 campaign ‘#MyBodyMyTerms.’
It was a global campaign aimed at sparking conversation about sexual violence, victim-blaming, revenge porn and consent.
Marvelly goes on to say that ‘it’s taken time,’ but she has now realized ‘being true to myself is important to my wellbeing.’
She finishes the post by explaining she will not be going into any further detail about her relationship with her girlfriend, other than to say that she’s very happy.
The statement was posted on Marvelly’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Read the entire post below
Last week I was honoured to be nominated for the Celebrity Ally Award at the LGBTQI Awards. I can’t accept the nomination, however, and I feel it’s time that I shared the reason why with you. I am bisexual. He takatāpui au.
Over the last few years, I’ve slowly been going through the process of coming out. First, I came out to my friends, then to my family, then to my colleagues, and now I’m coming out to you. I know it’s 2018 and it shouldn’t be a big deal, but honestly, it hasn’t been easy. I didn’t know I was bi until my early 20s. I didn’t know if the people I loved would be okay with it. I’m a very private person when it comes to my personal life, and I didn’t know whether I could deal with the scrutiny of having my sexuality highlighted in the media.
It’s taken time, but slowly I’ve come to realise that being true to myself is important to my wellbeing. I’ve always tried to be authentically who I am and this is no different. I am proud of who I am, and I want to be open about my identity. And so, while I feel really honoured that someone nominated me to be recognised as a straight ally, it’s important that I acknowledge that I’m actually a member of the rainbow community.
I also just wanted to say that while I understand that being in the public eye means that sometimes there is a heightened interest in my private life, I try my best to keep those I love out of the glare of the spotlight. I won’t be going into any further detail about my relationship with my girlfriend other than to say that I’m very happy. And at the end of the day, that’s the most important thing. ❤🏳️🌈 #LoveIsLove