#Wayhaught helped thousands of women embrace their sexuality, including the one who plays Waverly

WORDS BY ROXY BOURDILLON, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM

Wynonna Earp star Dominique Provost-Chalkley has come out as queer in a deeply personal and extremely moving post on her website. She shared the news on her 30th birthday, explaining:

“As soon as I became sexually aware, I was attracted to all shapes and genders. But unfortunately, before long it became clear to me that my sexuality was viewed in a very complex and largely negative light.”

Dom writes frankly about her attempts to suppress her sexuality, poignantly admitting, “Wanting to be liked outweighed wanting to be me”.

But then in 2015, something happened that changed the lives of many LGBTQI+ women around the world, Dom included. She landed the role of bisexual angel Waverly in cult sci-fi series, Wynonna Earp.

Playing half of #Wayhaught, one of the most beloved same-sex couples on telly, encouraged Dom to finally embrace her true sexuality.

“I was propelled into a job that made me face my greatest fears.

Emily Andras took a chance on me and cast me as the beautifully positive bisexual representation that is Miss Waverly Earp. 

Through this incredible, enlightening journey of playing a queer character and meeting the fans that are drawn to her, I guess I’ve reevaluated how I am to face this part of me.”

Her co-star and onscreen paramour Kat Barrell is also part of our LGBTQI+ family. When I interviewed Kat for the cover of DIVA last year, she opened up about her own identity:

“I am attracted to both men and women and the person I fell in love with is a man. I wish it could just be about the human I am in love with, not their gender. This is why I am so passionate about advocating for equal acceptance across the spectrum of sexuality.”

You can read the full article by downloading the August 2019 issue here.

How glorious that the two extraordinary women who portray this sapphic supercouple are both now out themselves, standing in their truth and shining brighter than ever before. #Wayhaught, we love you – both on and offscreen.

I’ll leave the final word to Dom.

“I am happiest when I am my AUTHENTIC QUEER SELF. 

So, here goes… 

I am queer. 

I am into ALL humans. 

I guess maybe I am just really into love? 

Who knows?

But finally… 

I am OUT. 

#OutIsTheNewIn”

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