Parkland Shooting Survivor, Gun Activist Cameron Kasky Comes Out in Social Media Posts

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Saturday September 18, 2021
Originally published on September 17, 2021

Cameron Kasky speaks during a news conference, June 4, 2018, in Parkland, Fla.
Cameron Kasky speaks during a news conference, June 4, 2018, in Parkland, Fla.  (Source:Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Cameron Kasky is one of the survivors of the notorious school shooting that took place in 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. He's been an advocate against gun violence and for gun law reform, helping create Never Again MSD, a PAC run by students. And now the young leader is speaking out about being queer.

Kasky came out in Sept. 13 social media posts on Instagram and Twitter that stated: "Hi, got a second? How about a minute? Alright great, I'm queer."

Kasky added, "I don't know exactly what 'type' of queer I am.... Bi? Maybe? I don't know."

The youthful activist said that, after a years-long "journey towards self-acceptance," he's "finally okay" with his authentic self.

He also shared the heartbreaking detail that he had long yearned to be straight — "A straight guy who's done some gay stuff here and there."

The reason, he explained, was that it's easier, in our society — as in so many others — not to be LGBTQ+.

"There's so much security in heterosexuality," Kasky noted. "I get to fit in with everybody else— at least in one way."

Even so, Kasky was fully cognizant of the status he enjoys by default as "a white cisgender man," an identity "which comes with privilege that can never be ignored or forgotten." He took time in his lengthy post to express gratitude to generations of LGBTQ+ advocates who helped pave the way to greater legal equality, noting:

"My ability to proudly share who I am today only exists due to queer activists of color, giving their lives for our right to exist."

Kasky went on to decry what he said was "white men contribut[ing] so much toxicity to other people's queer experiences."

"White gay men have laughed at my suggestions that I might be demisexual," Kasky related. "White gay men have told me that bisexuality is just a stepping stone" toward embracing a gay identity.

Considering the possibility that he may "marry a cis woman one day," Kasky returned to the theme of fitting in, envisioning how that outcome would allow him to "fit right into heteronormative society like a puzzle piece — a security that not everybody has."

"A security that can protect me from violence that queer folks regularly face in this country and all over the world," Kasky added.

Kasky's post-coming out tweets struck an upbeat tone:

Social media users reacted with emojis of hearts and rainbows, along with congratulatory messages.

"You're an inspiration man!" actor Luke Mullen commented.

"This is a very cool and very great thing you have done," another posted.

Comedian Billy Eichner offered a wisecrack on Instagram, saying "I left heart emojis on twitter, I'm not leaving them here too".

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.