Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz has long been a supporter of gay rights, partly because she he two gay brothers. She was 11 when Trevor and Colin came out, and she witnessed the difficulties they faced, something she’s been talking about with Nylon.
She says, “At 11, you’re incredibly observant and realizing what society is, and who you are, and people are kissing boys or girls for the first time, and you’re really starting to understand what sexuality is. And to see my brothers struggle with the anxiety of having to come out was awful.”
Chloe is not afraid to challenge those who make homophobic comments towards her or her family on social media, something that stems from seeing the bullying her brothers faced. “The problem is we live in a society where we have to say the words, ‘I’m coming out,’ she says, “No one should care what your sexual orientation is, what color your skin is, or if you’re a man or a woman. People would call them [her brothers] the F-word, and I would get so angry. It was really hard to see my brothers be hated on or bullied, so I stood up for them. We shouldn’t be using these terms to create more labels and segregate us further apart than we already are. At a young age, I was motivated to fight for gay rights, women’s rights, minority rights—all human rights.”
It did help all of them though that they grew up in a progressive household. “Back when my mom was in college, when things were more taboo, she had lots of gay and trans friends, people of all shapes, sizes, and colors,” Moertz says. “So we were a very open household… My mom tells us people asked her, ‘Why are you letting your son run around in a pink Power Ranger costume?’ Her answer was: ‘Because he wants to wear it, and it makes him smile. Why would I take that away from him?’”
Chloe will next be seen in the alien invasion movie, The 5th Wave.