NYLON/Harper Smith
November 19, 2015 09:35 PM

Chlo Grace Moretz is opening up about the discrimination her two brothers faced growing up gay.

“To see my brothers struggle with the anxiety of having to come out was awful,” the Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising actress, 18, tells Nylon magazine in their December/January cover story.

Moretz, who is close with all four of her older siblings, was in middle school when her brothers Trevor and Colin came out as gay. “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 explains.

“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,” she adds.

Sadly, Moretz remembers her brothers were often bullied about their sexuality in school. “People would call them the F-word, and I would get so angry,” she says. “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.”

For Moretz, standing up for gay rights runs in the family. “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,” says Moretz. “So we were a very open household.”

Coming from that place of understanding helped her mother deal with the judgements of other parents. “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?’ ”

From a young age, Moretz says she “was motivated to fight for gay rights, women’s rights, minority rights – all human rights.” And now that she’s become a famous actress, she hopes to use her visibility to continue fighting for equality.

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