Jussie Smollett Says Lee Daniels Made him a More Honest Man
“Empire” actor Jussie Smollet recently appeared alongside his co-star Taraji P. Henson at the Family Equality Council’s 10th annual Night at the Pier to honor LGBTQ parents and present “Empire” creator Lee Daniels with an award.
Lee Daniels is an openly gay parent of twins and was given the award for his activism for gay rights and being an inspirational and notable figure in the LGBTQ community.
Before presenting him with the award, Jussie thanked Lee and described the director/producer as his “gay father” who helped him become more truthful and honest.
"I now know what it means to have an amazing, gay father,” Smollett said, adding, “He's made me more of a truthful man.”
Jussie’s honesty was evident when he publicly came out to Ellen Degeneres back in March.
Though Jussie has been openly gay to his friends and family, heused Ellen DeGeneres’ platform as a way to officially come out to the media and his fans.
"It was really important to me to make sure that it got across that there is no closet,” Jussie told Ellen backstage. “There's never been a closet that I've been in. I don't own a closet. I got a dresser, but I don't have a closet, but I have a home and that is my responsibility to protect that home.”
He added, “Let's not read into it in the wrong way when I say that I don't talk about my personal life," he added. "It is in no way to hide or deny who God made me.”
Check out Jussie’s full revelation to Ellen backstage here:
We’re giving a huge S/O to Jussie for continuing to stand in his truth and being an inspiration for his fans and other members of the LGBTQ community.