Actress Rosario Dawson came out as part of the LGBTQ+ community in a new interview with Bustle.
Dawson was thought to have come out back in 2018, when she posted a photo on Instagram with the caption: “Happy pride month! Sending love to my fellow LGBTQ+ homies. Keep being strong in the face of adversity.”
But as the actress and activist explained to Bustle, she didn’t intend that to be her official coming out. “People kept saying that I [came out]… I didn’t do that,” Dawson told the outlet. “I mean, it’s not inaccurate, but I never did come out come out. I mean, I guess I am now.”
She then explained that she hasn’t claimed an LGBTQ+ identity because she’s never been in a queer relationship. “I’ve never had a relationship in that space, so it’s never felt like an authentic calling to me,” she said.
She has played queer roles on television, including a stint as the other Jane on “Jane the Virgin.”
Dawson is currently dating New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, a former presidential candidate. Her new drama series, “Briarpatch,” also happens to be about a woman having an “illicit affair” with a senator who has “aspirations for the presidency” and “also speaks Spanish.” Of the striking similarities, Dawson said, “It was after [we started dating] that I was like, ‘Oh, that’s gonna maybe be weird.'”
She also opened up about what it’s like to date a politician. “It’s the first time I felt like I had to be responsible about my choice of love, which is a challenging thing to do,” she said. She has a 17-year-old daughter, Isabella, who she adopted in 2014.
In 2019, Dawson and her family were sued for transphobic abuse against a former employee, a trans man named Dedrek Finey. The alleged attack took place just a few months before her Pride post on Instagram. Dawson’s lawyer called the allegations “false” and “baseless” in an October 2019 statement.