It was in an interview with Entertainment Weekly last fall that Michelle Rodriguez publicly – and quite casually – confirmed that she is bisexual.
The actress who came to fame in 2000 in the film Girl Fight made her first public appearance at an LGBTI event since that confirmation at a benefit for the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center.
Rodriguez was the celebrity DJ at the after-party for the annual An Evening With Women event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel organized by rocker Linda Perry.
'Linda hit me up and told me what she's been doing for a whole bunch of years and I wanted to come check it out,' she told Gay Star News on the red carpet.
Rodriguez said her life has not really changed since publicly coming out but then again, she didn't expect it to.
'It's cool man, I mean whatever,' she said. 'I'm not big on people's opinions, you know? Unless it's somebody I really respect. I don't care what people out there have to say.'
'But I do realize the importance of having the bravery to live as who you are and I feel like a lot of people don't have that bravery,' added.
But as one of the stars of such films as Avatar, Blue Crush, Machete Kills, the hugely successful Fast & Furious franchise and the TV series Lost, Rodriguez realizes she's in the position to make a difference.
'Maybe by me opening my big fat mouth like I usually do and stepping up and owning who I am, maybe it might inspire somebody else to do the same.'