Sasha Mallory says she isn't afraid to tell people she's gay.

The season eight runner-up of Fox's reality dance contest So You Think You Can Dance? recently told lesbian entertainment website that she's proud to be a lesbian despite keeping quiet about it during the show's broadcast.

“It's not important for America to know that personal side of me,” Mallory told the website. “They just needed to know if I could dance and if I had a personality. They didn't really need to know if I was gay or straight. Who I'm sleeping with is not important. This is my craft, my art, it's what I do and who I sleep with doesn't really change that, I don't think.”

“I'm not afraid to tell people I'm gay. I'm proud all over the place. Ask anyone! It's just something that never needed to come up because it would just take the focus off of my dancing and it will put it into 'I'm gay,' you know?”

Mallory's comments come roughly a week after Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance? and American Idol, said sexual orientation wasn't relevant on either show.

“To be frank, I didn't understand why we're talking about contestants being gay or not gay. I don't go into my dentist and say, 'Are you gay?' I don't say to contestants on So You Think You Can Dance, 'Are you gay?' What does it got to do with me? What does it got to do with anybody? When does privacy stop in this country? If somebody wants to say they're gay, it's up to them. You don't expect us to turn around and say, 'Are you gay?' Why would we do that? 'By the way, he's Catholic and he supports Obama and here's his sexuality' – what does that have anything to do with singing talent?”