Dani Shay of TGPS2 Talks About Coming Out
Filed by Cheryl | Jun 12, 2012
Photo Credit: Twitter pic by Dani
Dani Shay is one of the contenders on The Glee Project Season 2. She is a beautiful young talented woman whose looks have been compared to Justin Bieber. She says that she likes the androgynous look. Gleeksource fans love her new hair cut! She talks to GLAAD in an interview about how she thinks she could fit in on Glee and coming out to her family.
The Glee Project’s second season premiered last week and the cast includes 23-year-old out contestant Dani Shay. Dani gained fame after her music video parody “What The Hell” went viral, which has since garnered over 5 million views. She parlayed her internet fame to an appearance on America’s Got Talent last summer and made it into the Top 48. Mentor Lea Michele complimented Dani during last week’s homework performance of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way;” saying she loved Dani and can tell that Dani really knows who she is. Dani spoke exclusively with GLAAD about her story and her Glee Project experience and hopes. Check out what Dani had to say below and catch her on new episodes of The Glee Project on Oxygen, Tuesday nights at 10.
GLAAD: How old were you when you came out? How did your friends and family react?
DS: I was 18 when I finally embraced my feelings for women fully. I still didn't understand my gender identity so well, but that's because we are raised to think you are either A or B- Girl or Boy- and that there are no in-betweens, or variations of the two. I see things differently now though- you can be however you want to be; there are no rules. My family was pretty supportive when I came out, as I don't think it was much of a surprise to anyone (I had been dropping hints all of my life, haha). But I do think it was hard for my Mom at first, just because the Mormon church I was raised in, doesn't exactly accept anything L,G,B,T or Q. She is amazing though, and has fully accepted me, my feelings, and all my life choices since then.
GLAAD: If you win the multi episode role on Glee, what would you like your character/storyline to be like?
DS: If I won a role on Glee, I would like to play an androgynous character who enjoys flirting, and making people question everything they thought they knew about themselves, especially their sexuality. I would encourage my love interests to look beyond "straight"/"gay", and "male"/"female" labels, and dive deeper into what it means to really love a person for who they are. See, I think we put too much pressure on people to define themselves by their feelings, rather than encourage them to explore their feelings in every moment. It adds an unnecessary pressure to life, in my opinion. Labeling something only limits our perception of it. The truth is, everybody is different, and every connection is unique, and that's the kind of message I would really like to bring to Glee.
Continue to read the rest of the interview at GLAAD website. Great interview!
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