Aunjanue Ellis has never been secretive about who she is, but the actress is fully opening up about her queer identity for the first time ever just as Pride Month 2022 kicks off.

Ellis, 53, tells Variety that she has been open about the fact that she is a bisexual woman that identifies as queer with friends, family, and coworkers throughout the duration of her career.

In fact, she even announced it via her signature style – stitching words of affirmation and identity into her clothing for events and appearances – while accepting her honor at the 15th annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood luncheon last March.