The former 'Grey's Anatomy' actress spoke at the True Colors Fund 40 to None Summit

By Blake Bakkila
Updated October 08, 2016 at 11:00 PM EDT
Sara Ramirez
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Sara Ramirez wants young people to embrace their identities.

In a Twitter post, the former Grey’s Anatomy actress shared a photo of herself to support the 40 to None Summit, an event named after the 40 percent of youth experiencing homelessness who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. In speaking her own truth, Ramirez came out as bisexual publicly for the first time.

“So many of our youth experiencing homelessness are youth whose lives touch on many intersections – whether they be gender identity, gender expression, race, class, sexual orientation, religion, citizenship status,” Ramirez, 41, wrote.

“And, because of the intersections that exist in my own life: Woman, multi-racial woman, woman of color, queer, bisexual, Mexican-Irish American, immigrant, and raised by families heavily rooted in Catholicism on both my Mexican and Irish sides,” she said, adding, “I am deeply invested in projects that allow our youth’s voices to be heard, and that support our youth in owning their own complex narratives so that we can show up for them in ways they need us to.”

Ramirez, best known for her role as Dr. Callie Torres, who identified as bisexual on Grey’s Anatomy, has been married to her husband Ryan Debolt since 2012.