The Flash’s Keiynan Lonsdale got vulnerable to make the most powerful statement.
If you live for The CW’s hit superhero series, The Flash, you’ll surely recognize Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West, the first Black Kid Flash. On the series, Wally has super-speed and acts as Barry Allen’s ally to fight villains as the Fastest Teen Alive. But standing out as a Black superhero is not all the 25-year old Australian native is doing.
A few days ago, Lonsdale took to Instagram to come out, reject gender norms and address his past self-hatred. In the beautifully written short essay, he wrote,
“I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls, & I like guys (yes), I like growing, I like learning, I like who I am and I really like who I’m becoming.”
As such a prominent figure in the entertainment world, Keiynan Lonsdale’s public stance on who he is makes him a real life superhero, especially for many young people of color who are struggling with self-acceptance and their own sexuality. A few months ago he spoke with Blavity about the LGBTQ community saying,
“We need to be fighting for people’s rights to be who they are, and to be treated equally, and to feel safe. That’s the main thing. I can’t speak on behalf of anyone; I just wanted to let my followers know, for any of them that may be trans, that Kid Flash thinks you’re cool. And that I respect you and appreciate you just as much as I would anyone. Just hoping that something that simple could have some sort of positive affect on anyone who feels a little let down by society.”
We’re just so proud of Lonsdale’s courage especially since bisexual identifying people are continually overlooked and dismissed in our society. What more reasons could you need to tune into The Flash?
The Flash airs on Tuesday at 8 PM ET on The CW.