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Cheyenne Jackson talks about coming out

I just love when the extraordinary photographer Mike Ruiz (pictured in bottom photo) posts new pics on his Facebook page because they are always quite stunning. The latest are of openly gay actor-singer Cheyenne Jackson who he photographed for Canada’s FAB magazine.

In the article, he talks about his coming out process:

“When I was 13 and in eighth grade, I was obsessed with my best friend. I was in love with him. He had blond curly hair and he was a Mormon,” says Jackson of his first crush. “I just thought I wanted to kiss him all the time, so I thought ‘Hey, I’m totally gay.’” Jackson waited until he was 19 to come out to his religious family, including his brother, a preacher once featured on the 700 Club. He describes the process as “terrible” and notes it included a suggestion he enroll in an ex-gay program.

“The idea of the ex-gay movement as a philosophy is one thing, but the comedic side of me thinks 20 guys staying in cabins in the woods, all trying not to be gay…. That’s a Sean Cody movie,” jokes Jackson, who promptly said “No fucking way” to the idea. “I realized they were grasping. You have to let your parents mourn the idea of what they think your life is going to be. It’s them that has to deal with it. We’ve been dealing with it our whole lives.” His family eventually came around, and he gleefully mentions that he brought his parents with him when he sang on the Rosie O’Donnell Gay Family Cruise last year.

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  1. I had a friend who tried to attend some f those meetings. He gave up when he realized that not to be on his knees around the men attending those meetings was a terrible waste.

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