Michaela Kennedy Cuomo recently opened up on Instagram Live about her journey with her sexual orientation and her struggle with labels in society.
Michaela, twenty-three, is the youngest daughter of Kerry Kennedy and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and she's revealed that she's demisexual.
After opening up last month about her queer identity, she offered more insight into her sexual orientation during an Instagram live conversation with activist and author Donato Tramuto last week.
Last month, Michaela posted a photo on Instagram celebrating pride month:
"To those who are contending with the compulsive heterosexuality our society force-feeds us and innate attraction beyond cis het folks, please know that you are not alone," Michaela wrote.
"To those who have yet to claim their sexual identity due to fear of physical, psychological, or financial safety, please know that you are unconditionally worthy of love and support. To the questioning folks, know that we all reserve the right to change our minds or evolve at any time. There is nothing wrong with you for not fitting into a limiting, socially constructed box."
She ended her post by "standing by" all those who came before her:
"Today, I stand in my queer identity with pride, and in memory of those who came before me. I stand indebted to the activists who fought for my right to love and happiness. I stand with a helping hand outreached to those finding their way from under socially constructed boxes to emerge from the closet. I'm standing with you."
But during her chat with Donato Tramuto, Michaela explained that she identifies as demisexual, which means she only feels sexually attracted to someone when she has an emotional bond with the person.
"When I was in elementary school, I feared that I was lesbian. When I was in middle school, I came out to my family and close friends as bisexual. When I was in high school, I discovered pansexuality and thought, 'That's the flag for me.' " Michaela recalled.
"I've recently learned more about demisexuality and have believed that that identity resonates with me most," she went on to say.
Tramuto--the former CEO of Tivity Health and a donor to the Robert F. Kennedy Center, which employs Michaela's mother, said he was proud of the way Michaela uses her social media platform.
"I've definitely always dreamed of a world in which nobody will have to come out, because everybody's sexuality will be assumed fluid and none of our business," Michaela said. "But in a world that force-feeds cisgender heterosexuality, coming out of the closet is a lifelong process of unpacking internalized social constructions and stigmas."