Olivia Thirlby on Being Bisexual and Participating in the Self Evident Truths Project for Brooklyn Magazine

Olivia Thirlby on Being Bisexual and Participating in the Self Evident Truths Project for Brooklyn Magazine
Tracy E. Gilchrist

Actress Olivia Thirlby, who’s costarred in Juno and HBO’s Bored to Death, graces the cover of Brooklyn Magazine and in an interview discusses being bisexual and participating in photographer iO Tillett Wright’s Self Evident Truths project, according to After Ellen.

Thirlby has never been in the closet but the Brooklyn Magazine interview marks the first time she’s publicly discussed her sexuality, reports AE. iO shot Thirlby's Brooklyn Magazine cover.


“The concept behind Self Evident Truths is simple; it's impossible to deny the humanity in a face. We are all human, we all have hearts and emotions and eyes that speak to them, whether we're gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, black, white, latino, asian... You get the picture,” according to the Self Evident Truths website.

On the site, photographer iO Tillett Wright explains the genesis of the project:

“I started this project last year as part of Yosi Sergant and Apple Via's show, Manifest Equality. I shot as many people that felt like LGBTQ applied to them, that I could get to, and laid stacks of their portraits in the gallery for viewers to take home for free. The message was so simple, but I needed a broader spectrum of faces to really bring the point home. Now my goal is to take the project national, shooting 4,000-5,000 faces across the United States, hitting 25 cities in three big road trips.”

Thirlby, who was once attached to the lesbian werewolf flick Jack and Diane along with Juno’s star Ellen Page, explains in the Brooklyn Mag interview why she felt it was important to participate in the project:

“For me personally, it's important to be a part of this because I feel it's a way of me showing gratitude that I live surrounded by a community in which I don't have to hide my sexual orientation. And no one should have to hide their sexual orientation. Loving people is a necessary part of being human, and it is very difficult to love people in secret. It's a horrible thing to force people to do. And I am not one hundred percent straight.”

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