True Colors Fund, which was co-founded by Cyndi Lauper, caters to the LGBT youth who experience homelessness. One of the organization’s partner is Sara Ramirez who plays Dr. Callie Torres, an orthopedic surgeon, in the long running show Grey’s Anatomy.
As an active partner of the True Colors Fund, Ramirez came out as a bisexual while delivering her speech in the True Colors: 40 to None Summit last October 7 – 8 in Los Angeles, California.
The actress addressed some of the issues the youth are experiencing today because of their sexuality, gave strong insights regarding the problem and shared her own experience as a bisexual.
“So many of our youth experiencing homelessness are youth whose lives touch on many intersections—whether they be gender identity, gender expression, race, class, sexual orientation, religion, citizenship status,” Ramirez said.
She added, “Because of the intersections that exist in my own life: Woman, multi-racial woman, woman of color, queer, bisexual, Mexican-Irish American, immigrant, and raised by families heavily rooted in Catholicism on both my Mexican and Irish sides, I am deeply invested in projects that allow our youth’s voices to be heard, and that support our youth in owning their own complex narratives so that we can show up for them in the ways they need us to.”
In 2011, Ramirez shared with Latina magazine that she would experience hate mails due to her character’s identity. Dr. Callie was straight in the beginning of the show and was even married to Dr. George O’Malley (Theodore Knight).
Their marriage, however, ended because of Dr. George’s infidelity. Later on, Dr. Callie started to question her preference since she got close with Dr. Erica Hanh (Brooke Smith) but since she left, Dr. Callie developed a special relationship with Dr. Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw) and ended up marrying each other but did not last together. Dr. Callie is now in a relationship with Dr. Penelope Blake (Samantha Sloyan)
You can watch the whole speech in the video below: