Nonbinary actor Bella Ramsey leaves Twitter after change to anti-LGBTQ+ harassment ban

Bella Ramsey in HBO's "The Last of Us."Photo: HBO

Nonbinary actor Bella Ramsey has left Twitter following the microblogging platform’s repeal of policies against LGBTQ+ harassment.

“Twitter it’s been fun,” Ramsey wrote in an April 21 tweet. “My account will still be active for now but I will not be on here! Thank you my gay army and all the rest. Love you.”

“My gay army” refers to Ramsey’s fans and supporters, particularly those who have supported Ramsey’s role as Ellie, a queer teen, in HBO’s TV series adaptation of the queer-inclusive 2013 zombie video game The Last of Us.

In a March interview with The Last of Pods podcast, Ramsey referenced their gay army amid homophobic backlash to the series, stating, “I’m very aware that there’s a gay army who are on Twitter who are just supporting me and Ellie. They’re so much louder than any people who hate the show.”

While Ramsey didn’t provide a reason for their departure, they left the platform after the site quietly revoked a policy that protected transgender people from deliberate misgendering and deadnaming. Twitter’s billionaire owner Elon Musk has overseen a dramatic rise in anti-LGBTQ+ hate speech on the platform, making millions of dollars from hateful tweets.

On March 31, Ramsey observed the Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) with a message to their younger self. The tweet said, “Happy TDOV to this little dude! I didn’t know the word nonbinary in this picture. But I knew what it meant. Inherently. Because I always was, and always will be. Lotsa love to all of my trans, enby (non-binary) and gender funky friends. #TransDayOfVisibility.”

In a January interview with The New York Times, Ramsey came out as nonbinary, saying, “I’m very much just a person. Being gendered isn’t something that I particularly like, but in terms of pronouns, I really couldn’t care less.”

Ramsey became famous by portraying Lyanna Mormont, a young powerful ruler, in HBO’s fantasy TV series Game of Thrones. They later voiced the lead character in the cartoon series Hilda and appeared in the 2021 queer horror short Requiem.

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