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Kirsten Stewart had a big night on Saturday. She hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time, called out President Donald Trump for tweeting about her past relationship with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson, and officially came out of the closet during her opening monologue by describing herself as “so gay, dude,” with the sentiment directed at the 45th president himself.
Of course, the social media response was swift—and welcoming.
when i find myself in times of trouble kristen stewart comes to me, speaking words of wisdom: “i’m like so gay, dude”
— rose (@lleuadau) February 5, 2017
KRISTEN STEWART ON SNL MY LIL GAY HEART IS SHRIEKING ON MY BIRTHDAY TOO I CANT BREATHE
— brie keatley (@brie_june) January 22, 2017
All of the gays are going to explode tn watching Kristen Stewart. She’s literally so gay and so hot like WEVE BEEN WAITING FOREVER FOR THIS
— hairy scary feminist (@KHarterr) February 4, 2017
Stewart’s sexuality hasn’t exactly been a secret, but this was the first time she publicly used the word “gay” to describe her sexual orientation. Tabloids, and Kirsten herself, have discussed her relationships with women, but her actual queer identity was a bit of an elephant in the room.
While celebrities and public figures don’t have any obligation to come out about their sexual orientation or gender identity, doing so does help normalize LGBTQ people for the general public. It can be particularly helpful to queer youth to see role models and people they identify with own their queer sexuality.
You can watch Kristen’s entire monologue below.
Marissa Higgins is the editor of Green Matters. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Slate, Salon, NPR, and elsewhere.