The former Grey’s Anatomy star came out as bisexual during a speech she gave at a charity event in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Actress Sara Ramirez shocked fans with the admission while she was speaking at the 40 to None Summit, a two-day benefit hosted by True Colors in a bid to end youth homelessness in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
“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,” she said.
“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 & Irish sides,” she continued, “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.”
Ramirez also confirmed the news via Twitter.
She identified herself as ‘queer, bisexual’ as she described all the ‘intersections that exist in my own life’ at the event that focuses on ways to end homelessness among LGBT youth.
Watch her powerful speech below: