‘Dope’ Actress Kiersey Clemons Features in Oyster Magazine. Talks Feminism and Supporting the LGBTQ Community.

Kiersey Clemons, Dope

With roles in the hit series Transparent and indie feature Dope, actress Kiersey Clemons has already taken on some very complex characters.

Clemons, who plays a lesbian in Dope, talked about supporting the LGBTQ community, as well the importance of Feminism.

I felt like after I did Transparent I had a better understanding of the community and how long they’ve been fighting — not just for rights but to live, to be respected as human beings, because there are some people that look at our trans women and men and think they’re animals … I think even the people that support the LGBT community forget how deep it is. We have to keep fighting for understanding and it’s going to have to be consistent; it’s going to go on for a while. I’ve been really lucky to be able to do things like Dope and Transparent and not have to verbally say, “This is what I believe in; this is what I’m fighting for,” because I’m a part of those changes. Transparent has made such an impact and influenced people like Caitlyn Jenner who can now influence a bunch of other people — this domino effect.

Would you ever date someone who didn’t fuck with feminism?
Oh my God no. That sounds very unattractive, very limiting — I don’t like friction or limits. If I believed in something or supported other people that believed in something and I was dating someone that was like, “Meh, I don’t fuck with that,” I would be like, “Well, I don’t fuck with you.” [Laughs] It’s also hard to trust people when they’re not accepting of other people. For instance, if you’re dating a guy and he’s talking shit about other people and not allowing other people to be themselves it’s like, ew. I don’t want someone to just love me; they need to love other people too.

Kiersey Clemons, Dope

Kiersey Clemons, Dope

Photography & Fashion: Zara Mirkin / Make-up: Natasha Severino at Company 1 / Fashion Assistant: Travis Wheeler

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