Sophia Bush Marks 1st Pride Month Since Coming Out as Queer


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Sophia Bush marked her first Pride Month since coming out as queer with an impactful message.

“You are perfect. No matter how long it might take, you’ll find your people,” Bush, 41, wrote via Instagram Story on Sunday, June 2. “And they will help you find more and more of yourself. It’s worth it. You’re worth it.”

The One Tree Hill alum also reposted a quote from social media account We the Urban that read, “Pride is important because someone tonight still believes they’re better off dead than being themselves.”

Pride Month began on Saturday, June 1, to celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City.

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Bush, for her part, publicly came out as queer in April.

“As I came into myself, I already felt it was my home. I think I’ve always known that my sexuality exists on a spectrum,” the actress penned in a Glamour essay. “Right now I think the word that best defines it is queer. I can’t say it without smiling, actually. And that feels pretty great.”

She continued: “I sort of hate the notion of having to come out in 2024. But I’m deeply aware that we are having this conversation in a year when we’re seeing the most aggressive attacks on the LGBTQIA+ community in modern history. There were more than 500 anti-LGBTQIA+ bills proposed in state legislatures in 2023, so for that reason I want to give the act of coming out the respect and honor it deserves.”

Sophia Bush Shares Heartfelt Message About Why Pride Month Is Important Her 1st Since Coming Out

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Bush further noted that coming out “finally (feels) like (she) can breathe.”

“I don’t think I can explain how profound that is. I feel like I was wearing a weighted vest for who knows how long,” Bush added. “I hadn’t realized how heavy it was until I finally just put it down.”

Bush recently found love with soccer star Ashlyn Harris, bonding in late 2023 over their respective divorces. Bush filed for divorce from Grant Hughes in August 2023, two months before Harris, 38, filed to end her marriage to Ali Krieger.

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Bush and Harris, who shares two children with Krieger, made their red carpet debut at April’s White House Correspondents Dinner. Despite their romance heating up, they squashed engaged speculation late last month.

“I hear the internet is being wild? Y’all 🤣⚰️I have no ‘news’ for you,” Bush wrote via Instagram Stories in May, after fans questioned why she hid her left hand in a picture with Harris. “But wouldn’t you put your hands all up in her jacket if you could?? (To be clear you can’t because boundaries, but I’ll continue to do it for you because I’m just generous like that.”

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