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Orange Is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling and Hairspray’s Nikki Blonsky Come Out During Pride Month

Waving their rainbow flags! Taylor Schilling and Nikki Blonsky came out as members of the LGBTQ community while celebrating Pride Month.

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The Orange Is the New Black alum, 35, confirmed on Sunday, June 28, that she is dating Emily Ritz. The visual artist shared a photo via her Instagram Stories of the couple embracing during a hike with the caption, “I couldn’t be more proud to be by your side @tayjschilling. Happy Pride!” Schilling later reposted Ritz’s image on her account.

Taylor Schilling Nikki Blonsky Come Out During Pride Month
Taylor Schilling and Nikki Blonsky. Shutterstock (2)

The Emmy nominee also paid tribute to the late Marsha P. Johnson on Sunday by sharing a picture on her feed of the Black transgender activist, who was a prominent figure in the 1969 Stonewall uprising.

“Here because of women like you. Happy Pride my friends,” Schilling wrote, adding the hashtags #happypride #marshapjohnson #blacklivesmatter #blacktranslivesmatter and #loveislove.

Taylor Schilling Nikki Blonsky Come Out During Pride Month
Emily Ritz, Taylor Schilling and Nikki Blonsky. Courtesy Emily Ritz/Instagram; Courtesy Nikki Blonsky/TikTok

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Blonsky, for her part, came out in a TikTok video of herself dancing and lip-synching to Diana Ross’ 1980 hit “I’m Coming Out” in her backyard.

“Hi, it’s Nikki Blonsky from the movie I’m Gay! #pride #imcomingout,” the Hairspray star, 31, captioned the clip.


Hi, it’s Nikki Blonsky from the movie I’m Gay! #pride #imcomingout #hairspray

♬ I’m Coming Out – Diana Ross

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Sunday’s post marked the first time that Schilling has confirmed that she is dating a woman, although she opened up about her sexuality in a March 2019 interview. (She also famously played a bisexual woman named Piper Chapman on the Netflix comedy-drama from 2013 to 2019.)

“I’ve had relationships with men and I’ve had relationships with women,” she told the U.K.’s Sunday Times Magazine at the time. “It’s been about the person, not their gender. It’s a much more radical political act to not reduce oneself to a label simply to make other people feel more comfortable. I have had serious relationships with a lot of different people. I like to live freely. There are infinite ways to be in love; we just don’t have the language for it yet.”

Blonsky, meanwhile, previously dated actor Tommy Potoeski in 2011 and a man named Dani, whose last name she never revealed, in 2019.

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