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The Actor Who Played Barb On "Stranger Things" Opened Up About Her Bisexuality On Twitter

"I'm very very new to the LGBT community."

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And last night she took to Twitter again, posting a personal note clarifying that she recently came out as bisexual to her close friends and family and that she is "very new to the LGBT community."

"It's something I'm still processing and trying to understand and I don't like talking about it too much," Purser wrote. Fans were quick to send her words of support and thank her for sharing such personal news.

But this coming-out moment wasn't completely spontaneous. In the note, Purser also went on to address issues of queer-baiting on her most recent television show, the CW's Riverdale, and apologized to any fans she might have offended with a previous, now-deleted, tweet.

Her tweet led to a discussion about representation and queer-baiting on television, including Riverdale. Purser defended herself, noting that the cast has no control over the outcome of the storyline.

Twitter: @shannonpurser

Riverdale received criticism early on in the season from fans who were upset that a same-sex kiss between Betty and Veronica didn't actually lead to a queer storyline or relationship. Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper on the show, clarified the relationship would strictly be a friendship.

Purser received heat for a now-deleted tweet directed at fans of the show, referring to them as "angry Beronica stans."

"Thank you to all the people who kindly reached out to me and educated me about the reality about queerbaiting and I apologize to those who were hurt," Purser concluded in her note. Some fans accepted her apology while others assured her there was no need for one in the first place.

Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Sarah Karlan at sarah.karlan@buzzfeed.com.

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