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Former Disney Star Alyson Stoner comes out in Teen Vogue Essay

Alyson Stoner as had a fufilling career in film, TV and music. She has gone from dancing with Missy Elliot to starring in a lot of Disney projects from The Suite Life of Zack & Cody to That’s So Raven.

Now, the entertainer has opened up on her sexuality.

In an essay for Teen Vogue, Stoner reveals that she is queer and tried hard to suppress the feelings.

“My faith at that time played a large role in every aspect of my life, and my worldview neither supported nor accepted same-sex relationships. I prayed in turmoil nightly, begging to be healed from these desires. Certain pastors and community members tried to reverse and eliminate my attraction to her.” Stoner revealed in her essay. “I pursued physical relationships with men to convince myself that my love for her was just a spiritual battle attacking my character and discernment. I pored over texts, contemporary and ancient, seeking truth and answers from professors, scientists, church leaders, friends, and family. I didn’t want to get this wrong. After all, not only was I trying to be a “good and upright” person, but I’m also a public figure with responsibility and extreme pressure.”

Stoner in the essay revealed that she has accepted who she is and is encouraging others to the same. She wrote: “I, Alyson, am attracted to men, women, and people who identify in other ways. I can love people of every gender identity and expression. It is the soul that captivates me. It is the love we can build and the goodness we can contribute to the world by supporting each other’s best journeys.”

Fans, well wishers and colleagues went on Twitter to congratulate her on coming out.

Check out the full Teen Vogue essay and listen to her new single, When It’s Right.

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