Grey's Anatomy star Sara Ramirez opens up about sexual orientation
Married actress Sara Ramirez came out as bisexual during a speech she gave at a charity event in Los Angeles on Saturday.
The former Grey's Anatomy star stunned 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,” Sara said as she addressed the crowd, before disclosing her own personal experience with similar issues.
“And, because of the intersections that exist in my own life: Woman, multi-racial woman, woman of colour, queer, bisexual, Mexican-Irish American, immigrant, and raised by families heavily rooted in Catholicism on both my Mexican & 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.”
The 41-year-old Latina, who has been married to business analyst Ryan DeBolt for four years, disclosed her bisexuality just months after making another shock announcement that she was leaving the cast of hit medical TV drama Grey's Anatomy after being part of the ensemble for 10 years.
Following the broadcast of the 12th season finale on Thursday, Sara confirmed her decade-long role as Dr. Callie Torres is finished for the time being.
"I'm deeply grateful to have spent the last 10 years with my family at Grey's Anatomy & ABC but for now I'm taking some welcome time off. Shonda has been so incredible to work for, and we will definitely continue our conversations," she said in a statement.