'Stranger Things' star hopes her coming out will help young people

The 21-year-old actress wants to encourage young LGBT people.


Stranger Things and Riverdale actress Shannon Purser has said she hopes her coming out will help other young people.

The 21-year-old star came out as bisexual on Twitter last year. Responding to a user who claimed Riverdale was "queerbaiting", Purser said: "I don't normally do this, but I figure now is just as good a time as any to get personal." 

She added: "I've only just come out as bisexual to my family and friends. It's something I am still processing and trying to understand and I don't like talking about it too much." 

Now, in an interview with People, Purser has revealed how she wants to help other people come out.

She said: "I would love for us to get to a point in society where it doesn't really matter what your sexuality is, but right now there is a lot of turmoil around that issue, a lot of controversies where there shouldn't be." 

Purser then said that she wants to encourage young people and "be somebody they can look up to". 

She said: "I just always think about what would I have needed as a kid, what would have meant a lot to me? If somebody can see me and feel less alone and more understood, than that's it." 

Speaking about receiving fan messages about coming out, Purser added: "That's what matters most to me. That's the best compliment I've ever received."