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Chloe Grace Moretz: 'My brothers' bullies inspired me to fight for gay rights'

Actress Chloe Grace Moretz is determined to use her fame to fight for minority rights because she wants to stop the kind of bullying her brothers suffered over their sexuality.

The Kick-Ass star was a youngster when two of her three elder brothers, Trevor and Colin, announced they are gay, and the problems they endured in school made Chloe want to stamp out discrimination.


"At 11, you're incredibly observant and realizing what society is, and who you are, and people are kissing boys or girls for the first time, and you're really starting to understand what sexuality is," she tells Nylon magazine. "And to see my brothers struggle with the anxiety of having to come out was awful.


"The problem is we live in a society where we have to say the words, 'I'm coming out.' No one should care what your sexual orientation is, what color your skin is, or if you're a man or a woman. People would call them the F-word, and I would get so angry. It was really hard to see my brothers be hated on or bullied, so I stood up for them. We shouldn't be using these terms to create more labels and segregate us further apart than we already are. At a young age, I was motivated to fight for gay rights, women's rights, minority rights - all human rights."


She credits her mother, who raised all four children by herself following her divorce from Chloe's father, for giving her liberal views on important issues.


"Back when my mom was in college, when things were more taboo, she had lots of gay and trans friends, people of all shapes, sizes, and colors," she adds. "So we were a very open household...


"My mom tells us people asked her, 'Why are you letting your son run around in a pink Power Ranger costume?' Her answer was: 'Because he wants to wear it, and it makes him smile. Why would I take that away from him?'"