Trevante Rhodes, star of the gay drama Moonlight, talks about how the film is relevant to today's society.

Based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, Moonlight, written and directed by Barry Jenkins, follows an African-American man (Rhodes) who struggles to come out gay over three periods of his life while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

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Rhodes told People magazine that love transcends gender.

“I was born loving women but I easily could have been born loving men,” Rhodes said. “It's the exact same sensation. You don't fall in love with someone [just] for their physical [traits], but for their mental.”

The 26-year-old added that the film “talks about a subject matter that is so prevalent today.”

“Being a black man in America is relatively difficult right now; being a gay man in America is incredibly difficult. And so being a black, gay man … can be perceived as the worst possible thing right now,” Rhodes said.

“So it is something that we need, that the world needs, and I’m thinking it’s a beautiful thing that people are receiving it. I didn’t think we were ready for something like that. And it’s really surprising and really refreshing to me to see that people are,” he said, a reference to the film's impressive opening.