WATCH: British model-actor Zander Hodgson comes out publicly as a gay man
I’d not heard of Zander Hodgson but I’m sure mighty impressed with anyone who goes public about being gay. It’s not easy. On his YouTube page the actor-model says in part: ‘This is something that I thought was important to do for my own growth, for myself, to be unashamed, to connect to others, to connect to you more.
‘I wanted to tell everyone that I am gay. And although that doesn’t change anything for me, and hopefully not for you, I just thought it was a really important thing to share with everyone.
‘Although sexuality is a small part of someone, if you shut it off, then you don’t allow yourself to be fully known. If you shut off one thing of yourself, then you shut off so many other things.
‘Being able to get close to someone is hard when you don’t allow yourself to fully connect and be known as who you are. And it’s a really important part of me.
‘I wanted to do this video as well, because when I think about all the kids out there that are being bullied, or are really struggling with their sexuality, even teenage or adults, I just want you to know that you are not alone.’