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In an interview with The Advocate running online next week, David Yost, who from 1993 to 1996 starred as the blue Power Ranger in more than 200 episodes of the children’s television phenomenon, talks about the taunting and teasing he endured on the set of the show, and the years of ups and downs that have finally made him able to say the words, “I’m gay.”
“A week before I left the TV show I made a commitment to myself saying, “If I get called faggot one more time, I’m walking because I can’t handle it any more,” Yost says. Within a week it happened, and it happened from a higher-level person on the show.”
Yost says he spent the next few years doing everything he could to “pray the gay away.”
Lesbian comedian WANDA SYKES was so scared about revealing her sexuality to her parents, she broke the news to them in a “long distance phone call”.
The funnywoman ‘came out’ publicly in 2008 after attending a gay rights rally in Las Vegas, and the 46 year old admits she spent years worrying about how to tell her mother and father the truth.
Sykes reveals she conquered her fear by making sure her parents were a “six-hour plane ride” away when she confessed her secret.
She tells newsman Larry King, “I have parents who are still alive. So yeah… that’s why you suppress all that, you bury it, and to try to fit in. I’m 46… My father’s in the service. Right, retired colonel. So (I told them in) a long distance phone call. We’re talking, like, coast to coast. You always want to give your family like a six-hour plane ride before they can get to you.”
And Sykes admits her relatives are still coming to terms with the revelation.
She adds, “We’re working on it… They love me… I know without a doubt, my family, they love me. And you know, we’re working on it. Keep praying for us.”
You know how when you came out, a few of your friends said, “Yeah, I always suspected.” or, “I totally knew”?
Joe McElderry’s story beats that. Someone hacked his Twitter account and posted messages indicating he was gay and had been “living a lie.” The 19 year-old was stunned, but then found himself thinking that it might just be true. A couple weeks later, and he’s come out.
“It was always the case at school, really. I’d had girlfriends. I kissed loads of girls and I kissed one boy last year. I just thought, ‘Is this just not what everybody does – experimenting, at this age’? I never thought anything of it.
“It’s not fair on the boy I kissed last year if I talk about him. It was just before X Factor and it was nothing serious. It was a peck of a kiss while I was at college. I just thought, ‘What happened there? That was pretty nice’.
“It didn’t trigger anything in me at all. I didn’t feel anything. I just thought, ‘That was strange’.
“When I was doing X Factor I genuinely thought I wasn’t gay, and then I kind of just got to the point where, actually, maybe I am.
“Now I can get on with the rest of my life and move on and be comfortable.
“There’s always been speculation about me so I’m kind of used to it.
“I thought I wasn’t gay, so I thought it was just part of the job with all the speculation.
“So I just let it go over my head and got on with it.
“It eventually sunk into my mind. Genuinely, I just assumed I wasn’t gay. I was so young I never thought any more about it.”
from The Sun
At the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Gilbert spoke openly about raising a boy and a girl with her partner, TV producer Allison Adler. The kids were born in 2004 and 2007. She’ll be discussing motherhood, parenting and more soon on “The Talk” with co-hosts Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete, Leah Remini and Marissa Jaret Winokur. Press materials for the show hadn’t mentioned Adler in Gilbert’s bio — a decision the actress said was hers, not the networks, according to Entertainment Weekly.
“Ive been acting my whole life, and Ive never really discussed my personal life. This is a talk show,” Gilbert said. “So obviously, I’m going to be discussing my life more, and I felt that the first place I wanted to do it wasn’t in a CBS press release.”
“It just seemed impersonal, and I felt like I’d rather come in person and talk to you about all that stuff here.”
Ok this one I need to file under “WTF?”. I didn’t realise she hadn’t come out officially. Last week, even, the headlines were talking about her as a lesbian mother on television.
Congrats, Sara Gilbert. It’s awesome to be out. It’s more awesome that you were never really very in.
We’ve heard a lot of sports coming out stories. Very few of these have been from people who are still active in their sports. Others have waited until retirement to get things off their chest.
Eighteen years ago, professional footballer, Justin Fashanu, came out in an interview with The Sun. His career and personal life suffered after the revelation. In 1998 he took his own life following an accusation of sexual assault.
Pink News has a feature on homophobia in football including Justin Fashanu’s story.
Disowned by his brother and England player John, increasingly alienated from football and embroiled in a sex-assault scandal in America, Justin hung himself in 1998. “I do not want to give any more embarrassment to my friends and family,” the suicide note read. Not a single British professional footballer has publicly come out since.
Read the rest at Pink News.
AOL Music’s PopEater spent a day with Clay Aiken in New York City as he was promoting his latest album ‘Tried and True’. The ‘American Idol’ alum talked about the decision to reveal he was gay two years ago and being nervous about the reaction he’d get from the public. “When anybody comes out, there are going to be people who are supportive and people who are not,” Aiken explained. “Obviously, I was doing ‘Spamalot’ at the time and I was kind of nervous. I specifically remember that night, thinking, ‘OK, I’m going to walk out prepared to be booed,’ and nobody did. And people were very supportive. People have been very supportive throughout the whole process and it didn’t really change.”
See the video here
I definitely thought the reaction to coming out would be worse than it was — even though it wasn’t great! It’s nice when we learn that people aren’t really as anti-gay as the haters would have us believe.
“My daughter has just come out,” Sheedy told the reporter.
It’s part of the game. If you’re going to be a romantic idol and try to get every teenage girl to love you, then you’d be an ass to come out and say you’re gay. That’s why Ricky Martin was so smart — he did what he did, he made his millions, and then he said, “Guess what, everybody? I’m gay, I’m having this life, and here are my children.” It didn’t matter anymore because he didn’t have to bring in 16-year-old girls.
Since we’re getting into Newsweek territory here, did you buy Sean Hayes as a romantic lead in Promises, Promises?
I thought he was adorable. What’s there to buy? It’s a musical, for God’s sake. We already know the plot, we know they get together in the end, and there’s singing and dancing. What, we’re looking for reality here? It’s so stupid.
What do you make of the cadre of female comics who have come out as lesbians later in their careers?
Well, with comedians it doesn’t mean a damn thing, because there’s not the same romantic thing involved there. No single guy ever had Ellen DeGeneres’s or Rosie O’Donnell’s picture up on the wall and thought, Maybe one day I’ll meet her and she’ll marry me. No one cares what a comedian is. All you’re thinking about is if they’re going to make you laugh.
It’s not too late in life for you to come out, Joan.
I’ll probably do it right before my new show comes out. You should only come out when you need the publicity.
Read more: Joan Rivers Better Work | Film | Advocate.com.
Rose Garcia, 35
“My coming out story was a great one,” says Rose Garcia, a real estate broker. “When I was 19 I confided in my best friend. She told me she always knew. I wanted to tell my mother but feared my Puerto Rican Catholic family would disown me.”
“My friend called my mother to ‘out’ me, she says.” To my surprise my mother said she had a feeling (that I was a lesbian). She said I had her full support and that if anyone in the family didn’t, it was their loss.”
The funny thing about telling the world that you enjoy having sex with or are attracted to members of both sexes is that it is kind of like announcing to a room full of Americans that you are Canadian. Just like Canadians are basically Americans with a few subtle differences (healthcare, politeness, love of hockey) bisexuals are basically just straight people who like to get a little funky. Just look at Paquin and Mullally who are both in monogamous relationships with men. Sure, they might think about a little lady love every once in awhile, but they’re basically in the same relationship as every other breeder on the planet.
It’s a relevant question, what with all the ladies leaping out of the closet. While the blogger’s language is disasterous, it’s interesting to point out that almost all the outings have been women.
We touched on this before too, about why it’s been easier for famous lesbians to come out than for gay men. I presume the answer for bisexuals is in the same neighbourhood.