JoJo Siwa says she first realized she was gay at Disney World

JoJo Siwa decked out in rainbow colors while excitedly performing
JoJo SiwaPhoto: Screenshot, YouTube

Out superstar JoJo Siwa recently opened up about how the magic of Disney World helped her realize she was gay.

The 19-year-old told People that she has “grown a lot at Disney” and that it’s the place where she “fell in love for the first time.”

“I realized I was gay at Disney World,” she said. “I went through stages of heartbreak at Disney World. There’s been a lot in my personal life that Disney World has really attributed to.”

“I was here for 14 days with a girl that was my really good friend and I realized that, ‘Oh, I like her.’ And having all those feelings while just being in the most magical place in the world and the happiest place on earth was so cool. We’re not together anymore, but we did have some really fun, happy memories here.”

Even though it didn’t work out, Siwa said the memories of their time together at Disney “make my heart so happy.”

Siwa gave the interview during a visit to the theme park to try out a new ride, TRON Lightcycle/Run before it opens on April 4.

Disney has been at the heart of the debate over LGBTQ+ equality as of late, since Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has decided to punish the corporation for standing up for LGBTQ+ people and speaking out against the Don’t Say Gay law he signed.

Siwa became a vocal LGBTQ+ advocate after she came out in early 2021. Her coming out has been considered massively influential for today’s youth due to the size of her fan base.

In October, she shared details of her “gay awakening” via a viral TikTok challenge.

The out dancer and “Boomerang” singer posted a video where she “rapped” about the pop culture moments that led her to understand her sexuality.

She also became part of the first-ever same-sex pair on season 30 of Dancing with the Stars, ABC’s popular and long-running dance competition show.

“It’s really special that not only now do I get to share with the world that you get to love who you want to love, but also you get a dance with whom you want to dance,” she told Variety when the news broke.

“I want to make it OK for the people who come after me,” she said. “I want to make everything OK for the people who come after me.”

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