Tyler James Williams may keep his emotions in check as laconic teacher Gregory Eddie on Abbott Elementary, but the actor isn’t shy when it comes to speaking out for the LGBTQIA+ community. The actor, who is best known for his roles in Everybody Hates Chris and Dear White People, shared an impassioned message on his Instagram story over the weekend in which he pushed back against a culture of speculating about others’ sexualities.
“The culture of trying to find some hidden trait or behavior a closeted person ‘let slip’ is very dangerous,” he wrote. “Overanalyzing someone’s behavior in an attempt to ‘catch them’ directly contributes to the anxiety a lot of queer and queer-questioning people feel when they fear living in their truth.”
He capped off the note by wishing everyone a happy Pride Month and declaring his support for the community. “I have the utmost respect for all of the hardworking LGBTQIA+ folks who are paving the way for us,” he concluded.
In addition to advocating for the LGBTQIA+ community, the star has opened up about his struggle with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, which he has had for over five years. He’s even started a social network for those with the condition, MyCrohnsAndColitisTeam, where he shares tips and advice to help others manage the chronic conditions. See his full Instagram post below.