, the youngest daughter of New York
Gov. Andrew Cuomo
, celebrated LGBTQ Pride Month
this week by speaking out for the first time about her own sexuality.
Kennedy-Cuomo, 23, revealed her bisexuality
in a colorful Instagram
post on Thursday. She was wearing a baseball
cap with the words "gay for you."
“Today, I stand with pride in my queer identity, and in memory of those who came before me,” Kennedy-Cuomo wrote. “I stand indebted to the activists who fought for my right to love and happiness. I stand with a helping hand extended to those finding their way out of the closet from under socially constructed boxes. I’m standing with you.”
Michaela (@michaelakennedycuomo) shared this post on Instagram.
In other parts of the post, she chastised the “compulsive heterosexuality our society forces feeds us,” as well as social media
platforms such as Instagram, which she claims have censored LGBTQ-inclusive hashtags such as #bi and #lesbian.
“If #bi wasn’t censored, maybe I could have accessed the information and tools that I would have needed as a bisexual person to protect myself from increased rates of sexual victimization, homelessness
, hunger, unemployment
, hate crimes
, and mental health
challenges,” she explained.
Cuomo said in a statement to People
on Thursday in response to his daughter's announcement, "I love, support, and couldn't be more proud of Michaela."
Kennedy-Cuomo, whose mother is author and activist Kerry Kennedy, reportedly never acknowledged her sexuality in public before Thursday's post, but she has previously used social media to express her support for LGBTQ rights
She tweeted about Bisexuality Visibility Day (September 23) last year and has shared photos
of herself accompanying her Democrat father to New York's LGBTQ Pride Parade.