Ruby Rose's Gender Fluidity Can't Make You Gay

April 14th 2016

Danielle DeCourcey

Ruby Rose wants you to know that she's not responsible for your sexual preference. The gender fluid actress can't turn you gay, if you weren't already, and she doesn't want to hear about it anymore.

The "Orange is the New Black" actress, DJ, and model told Galore that when women tell her she "turned them gay," she just laughs.

Ruby Rose

"When people say to me that I turned them gay, I just laugh, because that’s not really even a possibility. It sounds like I did something against their will in the middle of the night, as if I crept into their brain and pushed the gay button, then did an evil laugh and left them to fend for themselves—newly gay and alone in the world."

Rose said that she believes that sexuality exists on a spectrum, a reference to the Kinsey Scale theory. The Kinsey Scale was developed at Indiana University by sex researchers Alfred Kinsey, Wardell Pomeroy, and Clyde Martin in 1948.

Kinsey Scale

The scale rates sexuality from one to six, starting with exclusively heterosexual and moving to exclusively homosexual. They found that many people exist somewhere in the middle of the scale and that a person's scale number can change over time.


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However Rose said that another person can't make you gay, because sexuality is an individual experience.

"I break it down like this: Did I find Channing Tatum in Magic Mike to be extremely hot? Yes! Could I now turn straight for him without having previously ever had a desire to be with a man? The answer is, nope. Haha. But people will say to J. Law, 'I want to be your best friend,' or to T. Swift, 'I want to be in your squad.' Everyone has got their little thing, and the catch phrase I got after Orange was, 'She turned me gay.'"

But having an occasional crush on someone from the same-sex doesn't make you gay, either. Dr Greg Cason from Bravo's "L.A. Shrinks" told ATTN: in March that attraction does not equal a change in sexual orientation. "Just because they have same-sex attraction does not mean they’re gay," he said.

Cason also said that sexuality is no simple thing. “Sexuality is so much more complicated then we want to make it,” Cason said. “In our world we want boy, girl and straight."

Rose said that society's desire for simplicity can make acting auditions difficult. She said that her sexuality and style sometimes makes it harder for directors to cast her. She doesn't have trouble with edgy female roles, but more traditional roles can be difficult.


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"What is a more difficult challenge is convincing someone to give me a shot to transform, and to trust in my ability to lose myself in a role. There is no reason I can’t play, for example, a Stepford Mom, or play a man’s wife, or a mother or teacher."

However Rose said that the most important thing is being true to herself.

I think it works both in my favor and to my detriment. I mean, regardless, it will always work in my favor because happiness is in being oneself.

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