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“The Good Place” Actress Jameela Jamil Comes Out As Queer

“The Good Place” actress Jameela Jamil came out as “queer” yesterday on Twitter after addressing a backlash started by tran-actress Trace Lysette over Jamil’s involvement in “Legendary,” an upcoming HBO Max ballroom competition show.

“I kept it low because I was scared of the pain of being accused of performative bandwagon jumping, over something that caused me a lot of confusion, fear and turmoil when I was a kid.” Jamil said.

It is not clear what part of the community she identifies with as of this posting,

The drama started when “Transparent” trans-actress Trace Lysette criticized the decision to hire someone who was not part of the culture. (As she often does with every role she loses a roll she wants or feels slighted by casting “I interviewed for this gig. As the mother of a house for nearly a decade it’s kind of kind blowing when ppl with no connection to our culture gets the gig. This is not shade towards Jameela, I love all that she stands for. If anything I question the decision makers,” Lysette said on her Twitter.

“I know that my being queer doesn’t qualify me as ballroom,” Jamil has said. “But I have privilege and power and a large following to bring to this show, (as does the absolutely iconic Megan Thee Stallion,) and its beautiful contestants and ballroom hosts.

Jamil posted the following on Twitter:

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