Change of plans

“Flash” star Keiynan Lonsdale says he didn’t plan on coming out for at least six decades

Acotr Keiynan Lonsdale wearing a rainbow shirt

On the CW’s The Flash, Keiynan Lonsdale plays Wally West (a.k.a Kid Flash), the younger brother of the titular Flash’s romantic interest, Iris West. Wally has super-speed powers akin to the Flash’s, and earlier this year, Lonsdale himself made quite the leap of courage in real life–he came out as bisexual.

Now, five months later, 25-year-old Lonsdale tells the Hollywood Reporter he initially planned to keep his sexuality a secret for at least the next six decades.

“I never had any plans to come out until I was like in my 80s,” he says. “Until then I’d just live a nice sad life.”

But life, they say, is what happens while you’re busy making plans and, sure enough, that proved to be the case with Lonsdale.

Related: “Flash” star proudly comes out as bisexual

In May, he came out as bisexual in an unexpected Instagram post:

A couple years ago I was able to accept myself, & it saved my life, but now I’ve gotten to a new road block & I feel kind of lost. I gotta take the next step & actually embrace who I am, which is pretty exciting. Not faking shit anymore, not apologising for falling in love with people no matter their gender. I’ve become bored of being insecure, ashamed, scared…no one should feel like that about themselves, especially when there is so much good life to live.

Looking back, Lonsdale says coming out this year was the best decision he could have made.

“It’s been a wonderful experience, a very welcoming experience,” he says. “We have the power to change that outcome ourselves, and if you come out and you’re proud of it and you’re proud of yourself, then people are proud for you. It’s infectious.”

Since then, he says people from all corners of the globe have contacted him.

“I have kids contact me from Nigeria,” Lonsdale, who is part Nigerian, explains. “They can see someone on TV and reach out to me on social media from the other side of the world. It’s amazing. To hear them say they feel better about themselves, it means the world to me.”

Related: 15 celebrities who came out in 2017 (so far)

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  • Bob LaBlah

    He’s cute but I do wish the producers would tailor/pad his suit to make him look a bit more plump back there, if you get my drift.

    • Kieran

      He’s a guy, he’s not supposed to have a big, fat ass.

    • Bob LaBlah

      I didnt say big fat ass. You must be the type who just love biscuit assed twinks. I have to have something to grab onto back there and there is where I think he comes up a bit short. I wont go no further because of course me, ol’ Bob LaBlah, never looked at that nice basket….er, um, I never looked anywhere else on the kid.

    • Keebler ILF

      For the sake of realism, I think both he and Flash have to be skinny. Super speed burns a lot of calories. But I have to say I really enjoyed watching John Wesley Shipp playing Flash in his padded costume:

    • Greg

      Speaking of baskets, it looks like the Flash is really packing some meat in that costume. Last season, when he was talking to his future self in the lab, it looked like about 8 inches was snaking down his left leg. I thought, “WOW”. Skinny guys are all dick.

  • Kieran

    “Not faking shit anymore, not apologising for falling in love with people no matter their gender. I’ve become bored of being insecure, ashamed, scared…no one should feel like that about themselves, especially when there is so much good life to live.”

    What a powerful and beautifully stated testimony.

    • Bob LaBlah

      Its to be expected. Do a google search and you will come up with him at ballet class. Regrettably all the pics are frontal sh………..I mean all the pics are…just google the kid and click on pics and sit back and enjoy.

  • stevetalbert

    Was he thought of as being gay before, and now it’s coutages because hes bi? He certainly couldnt be mistaken for straight. Kudos to him. Being bi is hard and gets alot of hate.

    • alfred

      No, he wasnt ‘thought of as gay’ before and now setting the record that he ‘isnt’ gay. He presented himself as straight and had a girlfriend.

      He IS however, clearly, gay. Being bi is no harder than being gay. Thats silly. Indeed, in many instances its much easier. A few gays clocking another gay for trying to not call themselves gay is a little different……….

    • stevetalbert

      With the name kelly ann, who thought this guy was straight??!! But seriously, as shown in these comments, both gay and straight people think of bi as “less than” or as if “faking” or only “being a stage”. Many people are truely bisexual. It should not be discouraged

    • Greg

      Bi is just the stepping stone on his way to being full on gay.

  • Jaxton

    All men have homosexual impulses – all. How you deal with them as a man depends partly on the strength of the impulse and partly on the weight of expectation placed on you as a male.

    In the West, the male homosexual impulse is tolerated but only under certain circumstances. For instance, it must be segregated from women. Women don’t really tolerate it if it materializes in her boyfriend or husband – even if only as a stated emotion.

    Modern women tend to see male bisexuality as a threat to female privilege and “girl power”.

    • stevetalbert

      All men DO NOT have homosexual impulses. Most men probably have at least a little during puberty, but only bi and gay men have it sustained throughout their lives. If a guy is getting off on someone blowing him, it could be more related to power and dominance rather than fantasizing sexual fullfillment with that person. The lesson to learn is that it shoul not matter what someone else does or does not do sexually unless you are involved.

  • Texasholdem

    So he comes out as bi and tonight his character gets written off the show.

  • Jaxton

    All men have homosexual impulses – all.

    As males grow up and realize their instinct to mate, they enter a lifestyle where the woman controls their relationship. She has the power of consent to decide if and when sexual intercourse occurs. She uses consent to shape her man’s image and behavior.

    In general – and I know there are exceptions to the rule – women are not here for male bisexuality. They fear its power, its ability to destroy her power of consent as a woman.. .as a gender.

    In a sense, male bisexuality is the ultimate anti-feminist creed if, by feminism, one means a relationship scheme designed to give women advantages over men.

  • surreal33

    That works out perfectly as I plan not to give a F**k about a “D” list “celebrity” coming out as bi, tri, etc.

  • Greg

    So he originally planned on being a closet case all his life? Good for him he came out as bi. Now we will only see him with boys.

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