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Ezra Miller posed for the latest issue of Playboy and people are thrilled for what it means for LGBTQ representation

Susanna Heller , Business Insider US
 Nov 18, 2018, 01:32 PM

Ezra Miller.
Ryan Pfluger/Playboy
  • Ezra Miller posed for the latest issue of Playboy in bunny ears.
  • People are freaking out because they think it's a huge milestone for LGBTQ representation.
  • Miller identifies as polyamorous and queer, which he sees as "an umbrella of non-identification," he told Playboy.
  • See the pictures below.

In case you missed it, Ezra Miller is in the latest issue of Playboy. In the article, the actor spoke about his experience in Hollywood, addressed working with Johnny Depp in "Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald," and his sexuality.

Miller told the outlet that he identifies as polyamorous and queer, which he sees as "an umbrella of non-identification."

Instead of searching for a monogamous partner, Miller said he is in a "polycule," like a group that functions as a polyamorous molecule.

"I'm trying to find queer beings who understand me as a queer being off the bat, who I make almost a familial connection with, and I feel like I'm married to them 25 lifetimes ago from the moment we meet," he said. "And then they are in the squad - the polycule. And I know they're going to love everyone else in the polycule because we're in the polycule, and we love each other so much." Online, people are freaking out over Miller's interview - and the corresponding photo shoot in which Miller posed in the brand's signature bunny ears.

Ryan Pfluger/Playbo
The ears!
Ryan Pfluger/Playboy

People are thrilled for what it means for LGBTQ representation.

Online, people are freaking out over the pictures and what it means for representation.

Others, to put it simply, are just freaking out.

Of course, this week's meme cycle made an appearance.

Although this considered a milestone for the magazine, it's not the first time the brand has profiled an LGBTQ+ actor. This summer, for example, the magazine ran a profile of Stephanie Beatriz, who identifies as bisexual, and plays a bisexual character on "Brooklyn 99." In its November 2017 issue, Playboy featured its first-ever transgender centrefold Playmate model, Ines Rau.

For all of Playboy's shortcomings in its treatment and objectification of women over the years, the brand was an early champion of gay rights when it was helmed by Hugh Hefner. In 1955, the magazine ran a short story entitled "The Crooked Man" by Charles Beaumont. Per Vox, the story "depicted a dystopian future where homosexuality was the norm, heterosexuality was outlawed and angry anti-straight mobs marched through the street chanting 'make our city clean again!'" At the time, Esquire considered the story too controversial and wouldn't run it, according to Vox. In a 1994 interview with Hefner published by LGBT magazine The Advocate, Hefner spoke about his commitment to human rights. "If the pursuit of happiness has any meaning at all as it is written in the Constitution, the government's intruding into one's bedroom, into personal sexual behaviours, is as unconstitutional as anything can be," Hefner said. 

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