'Parks and Recreation' star Natalie Morales comes out


"Parks and Recreation" star Natalie Morales has come out publicly.

The actress, 32, shared a post about her life and sexuality on Amy Poehler's Smart Girls website on Friday and also tweeted about the post.

"I'm coming out. I want the world to know #PrideMonth," she tweeted.

Morales, who talked about how important it was for her to keep the majority of her life private and stay out of the spotlight, said she also felt it was important to come out.

"I don't like labeling myself, or anyone else, but if it's easier for you to understand me, what I'm saying is that I'm queer," she wrote on the website. "What queer means to me is just simply that I'm not straight. That's all. It's not scary, even though that word used to be really, really scary to me."

"I know this isn't some big, life-shattering revelation that everyone will be shocked by," she continued. "The reason I decided to share this with you and with the world is because even though me telling you I'm queer might not be a big deal these days, things are still pretty bad out there for people like me. There are gay concentration camps in Chechnya where people are being tortured right this second. In our very country, 49 people were killed and 58 people were wounded just last year because they were dancing in a gay club. Our safe spaces are not safe. I think it's important that I tell you that this familiar face you see on your TV is the Q part of LGBTQ, so that if you didn't know someone who was queer before, you do now."

She finished off her post, "So while I'll still insist on privacy, and I still don't want you to know who I'm dating, you should know that it could be anyone. And that's okay, because that's what it's supposed to be. Because that's me."