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Rosie Perez says she identifies as 'quasi-straight'

"Every human being, whether they want to admit it or not, went through a period of questioning," the actress said.

By Annie Martin
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Rosie Perez says she identifies as 'quasi-straight'
Rosie Perez at a New York screening of 'Savages' in June 2012. The actress recently said she identifies as 'quasi-straight.' File photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- Rosie Perez identifies as "quasi-straight."

The 50-year-old actress revealed as much at the TrevorLIVE fundraiser Monday in New York. The semi-annual event features celebrity speakers and raises funds for The Trevor Project, a non-profit suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth.

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"Every human being, whether they want to admit it or not, went through a period of questioning," she said in her speech. "I know I did. [I had a friend in junior high and] all I wanted to do was hump her. And I suppressed the urge and suppressed the urge until Michelle one day started humping on me."

"I'm not the only one that suppressed those feelings, who hid their story," she related. "I know I'm not lesbian, gay or whatever - I'm a quasi-straight person -- I still went through that period. And I thought I was alone ... I didn't have a community. I didn't have The Trevor Project."

Perez said she and Michelle stopped being friends after they ended their relationship, recalling, "I remember that hurt and that hurt kept me silent, and that silence brought shame." The actress went on to date men, and is currently married to artist Eric Haze.

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Perez is known for such films as Do the Right Thing, White Men Can't Jump and Fearless. She currently co-hosts ABC talk show The View, and stars in Larry David play Fish in the Dark with Jason Alexander and Glenne Headly on Broadway.

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