GLAAD interviews JoJo Siwa about coming out and breaking barriers

In a new interview with GLAAD’s Anthony Allen Ramos, JoJo Siwa and her mother Jessalynn chat about searching for the next kid’s pop group on new Peacock competition series, “Siwa’s Dance Pop Revolution,” and breaking barriers on “DWTS.” 

GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, has released a new interview with JoJo and her mother Jessalynn Siwa. In the interview, Anthony Allen Ramos, GLAAD's Head of Talent, spoke with the mother-daughter duo about their new reality competition series “Siwa’s Dance Pop Revolution” on Peacock. 

Jessalyn talks about her reaction to JoJo wanting to publicly come out earlier this year and why it’s so important for parents of LGBTQ youth to accept their children.  JoJo talks about bouncing back after being in the bottom two this week on “Dancing with the Stars” and opens up on her thoughts on more queer celebs dancing with same sex partners in the future.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

Jessalyn Siwa on being a supportive parent after JoJo publicly came out and why other parents should do the same:

"The one thing every kid likes, wants and needs is to be loved by their parents, unconditionally, no matter what.  And that's what I tell JoJo all of the time 'I love you no matter what!' And I think the more as parents we can instill that in our kids, the more courageous our kids can be, and the happier they will be."

JoJo Siwa on inspiring other young people (and adults) after she publicly came out as part of the LGBTQ community:

"It is so cool. I love it when I hear adults say ‘I wish I had someone like you when I was little’ because it means that people who are little right now have someone, they have me! It feels so good to see little kids look up to me and for them to see that it's ok to love someone of the same sex.  It's ok to love whoever I want to love.  It's OK to dance on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ with another girl or another boy! It's awesome, it's special, it's cool, it's unique, it's different, it's celebrated.  I think that is something so cool about today's day and age that (being LGBTQ) is not only accepted, it is celebrated.”

Jessalyn Siwa's reaction to when she said she wanted to dance with another woman on "Dancing with the Stars:"

"(I said) Let's do it! Whatever JoJo wants and we can make it happen, why not? Why not be a pioneer and change the world and make it better? I had a friend that said he had missed out on a lot of his 20s because he was scared of who he was and he was scared to tell people, and I think that is really sad to miss out on some of the best years of your lives. For us to help people not to miss out on anything is huge."

JoJo Siwa's reaction to her "DWTS" co-star, Cody Rigsby saying that he wished he was as "bold" as her and asked to dance with a same sex partner:

I think Cody is killing it this season and he and Cheryl are just so fun to watch.  As fun as it is to dance with someone of the same sex, I do believe that he and Cheryl are a great partnership and they are going to go very far in this competition.  I think that me taking the chance and dancing with another female is now going to open up everybody's minds for the coming seasons.  What's going to happen next season? Will there be another same sex couple? Will there be multiple? Will there be none?  It's now an open conversation that everyone now has an option to dance with who they are most comfortable with."

Jessalyn Siwa on working professionally with JoJo as an adult for the first time on "Siwa's Dance Pop Revolution:"

It was amazing working with JoJo as an adult for the first time.  There were some instances where I was like ‘please don’t be mad at me!’  There were some instances where we had to get through it! I love working with Jojo on every project but this one was huge!”

“Siwa's Dance Pop Revolution” is available to stream now on Peacock.

About GLAAD:

GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.

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