Model and actress AzMarie Livingston is most known for appearing on “America’s Next Top Model” and for dating Raven-Symone. But in a recent interview with HuffPost Live, Livingston let fans into her life in a more personal way when she spoke about the little known issues that black lesbians face.
While chatting with Marc Lamont Hill about her appearance in the documentary The Same Difference, which examines the tensions between race and gender in the lesbian community, Livingston discussed her own difficulties in reconciling her sexual and gender identities.
“You knew if you were a butch or if you were a femme, and that was it,” Livingston said about learning a limited scope of what gender expression could be when she was in Catholic school. “So I was kind of brought up a little ignorantly in that sense, ’cause I believed that’s all it was, until I got older and got a little more depth.”
Livingston adds that she’s had a tough time dealing with the numerous labels that are placed on women in the LGBT community.
“Then you start hearing all these labels and the need to identify to understand. And then I started pulling myself away from needing to say I’m a butch, or I’m a femme, or I’m a soft stud, or a fish, or however many other names there are out there. I really can’t keep up,” Livingston said.
But her interview didn’t end there. See what else she had to say about her gender expression after the cut.