Coming out

Joshua Rush Talks Playing Disney Channel's First Openly Gay Character

Disney Channel star Joshua Rush got some exciting news last year when he found out he’d be playing the first openly gay character on the kid’s channel.

Now, he’s talking to People Now to share how he felt during the whole process of his character coming out.

“I feel the pressure, and I also don’t,” said Rush, who plays Cyrus Goodman on Disney’s Andi Mack, “I think the most important thing for me when I got this part was to do it right.”

“I knew that I wanted to do it justice, because I knew that people were gonna end up seeing this and being like, ‘Wow that’s me, I identify with that [and] I can be who I am now,’ but I also wanted to make sure that it’s not all-encompassing. Like that’s not all of Cyrus’ personality,” he added.

But 16-year-old Rush wasn’t alone during his coming out scene (which we shared with you here). His costar Sofia Wylie, playing best friend Buffy Driscoll, was also a part of the scene and prep for it.

Rush says the two practiced the scene multiple times the night before, ““just brainstorming, how are we going to do this.”

“We put the work in, and I think it shows,” he adds.

Rush also shared that he’s happy to be that representation that LGBTQ pre-teens, middle schoolers, and teens need.

“I think this storyline is definitely going to help a lot of my peers,” Rush says. “I was the first person that one of my good friends came out to, and I think that if I had someone like Buffy on TV, I think I would’ve done a better job and had been a better friend in that situation. I’m glad that I can be a part of this.”

He adds, “I hope that more shows will follow in Disney’s footsteps with Cyrus’ storyline. Really, I look forward to the day that it’s not an unusual occurrence. I hope everyone can one day see that our differences are beautiful and that love is love.”

It seems that Joshua Rush has a good head on his shoulders and we’re happy he’s the one to present this important story on tv to the world.

Family Guy's Stewie To Discuss His Sexuality In A New Episode

Stewie’s coming out?

Adult animation Family Guy has always been willing to take the show where no one else will go. Because of this, the comedy can have some witty commentary on real world issues, like that one time they made a joke about Kevin Spacey.

Though, sometimes creator McFarlane's sense of humor hinders the show by having lots of fart and throw up jokes.

But now, the show might be tackling a new issue and we’re not sure how it will go.

The character Stewie has always been a star on the show. He’s an evil genius in diapers. We’ve all seen the character archetype before, but Family Guy’s Stewie does it so well.

Over the years, the show has made jokes here and there about Stewie’s sexuality, because of his dapper personality and accent. But now, the show might actually have the character, who’s a baby, come out.

It’s been revealed that Stewie will question his sexuality while in a therapy session in a new installment of the series next month. Even better, his therapist will be voiced by Sir Ian McKellen.

Executive producer Rich Appel talked to TVLine to share more about the oncoming episode.

“It’s just a two-character episode with Stewie in his therapist’s office for the first time.”

“It’s a wonderful episode, and Seth’s performance is spectacular.”

“They delve into all sorts of things you would think would come up in a therapy session with a boy like Stewie.”

“When Stewie’s with his therapist, they pretty immediately address questions of sexuality.”

“The episode covers that, and then goes to deeper issues for Stewie,” he revealed.

If you’re interested in watching the episode, it's set to air on March 11 on FOX.

"Survival of The Fittest" Star Ryan Cleary Came Out As Bisexual

Another reality star came out, and we’re pretty excited about it.

Survival of the Fittest is another British reality contest to match the likes of Big Brother and Bromans. This time, the show finds guys and girls battling it out in mental and physical challenges in the South African Savannah.

On top of the battles, there’s also the layer of romance. Contestants have the option of pursing romance with members of the opposing team, but in doing so they risk endangering the playing of their teammates.

But what happens if one of the contestants is more into his teammates than anyone of the opposite sex? That’s what we’ll be finding out now thanks to Ryan Cleary.

27-year-old Ryan Cleary is a former jeweler who confirmed that he’s bisexual in the first episode of the show.

“I’m gonna be very honest with you guys, I’m bisexual,” Ryan told two of his housemates, David Lundy and Warren Phillips. “I’ve got to be honest with myself, and with you guys, but it’s not something I can just drop to everyone.”

Thankfully, his new friends were more than welcoming. David immediately hugged Ryan and said, “Mate, don’t worry, you’re our f***ing bro now!”

Ryan then later admitted in private that he’d be willing to use his sexuality to flirt with the boys and the girls if it helped him get further in the game.

“Obviously there’s going to be hot girls and hot guys on the show so it is everything that I would enjoy,” he said. “Gender isn’t really an issue. I’ve been with men and women. I have an advantage. I’m just going to take my pick.”

Would you let Ryan Cleary pick you?

 

 

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h/t: GayPopBuzz

Model Reece King Came Out As Bisexual

A rising model and social media star has come out as bisexual.

You may not know Reece King yet, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a celebrity in his own right. (Maybe just a minor-internet-celebrity. Yes, that’s apparently a thing).

With 558,000 Instagram followers and almost 100,000 Twitter followers, Reece King has a stable following that keeps growing.

And certainly that fanbase will grow even larger now that he’s come out as bisexual.

The 23-year-old model came out in an exclusive interview with Gay Times after dodging questions about his sexuality one too many times.

“I realized that whatever I said, it became a distraction,” he explains. “Anything I did or posted online, people would just ask about who I’m interested in.”

He continues, “I just built up this defense of saying ‘that’s not important’. But I guess it’s stuck with me because it really isn’t important, so now I just say ‘yeah, I am bisexual’.”

Now he says he wants to be a digital influence for LGBTQ people and help act as representation through his growing modeling career and his social media presence.

“I think a lot more creative LGBTQ people have taken the limelight, especially on social media,” he says. “We see them on mood boards at shoots for inspiration. If people just keep doing their thing unapologetically, it breaks down the barriers in more homophobic environments.”

 

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Football Player Comes Out to His Team On Camera

BBC correspondent and grassroots football (soccer) player from the UK, Richie Anderson, has been working on a project to spread awareness on homophobia within his sport.

What his teammates simply thought was a report on grassroots football, turned into a serious conversation about homophobia among the team. The way Anderson did this was by leaving it all out there and coming out as a gay man to his teammates. The teammates, although surprised, were incredibly supportive.

When Anderson shares with them as he chokes up:

One of the big issues that we’ve looked this week. Sorry. It’s really close to my heart–it’s homophobia in football. And the reason why that means a lot to me is I’m a gay footballer. I just wanted to be open and honest because with you lot it’s just been class. This is really hard for me to do now.

The room bursts into applause, commending Anderson for his strength to be honest in a room full of his peers. He receives praise for having the courage to come out to as a teammate for a sport that sees a great deal of homophobia in and off the field.

Congratulations, Richie! Now hit the showers!

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A Teen Came Out To Mom Through Splash Mountain Playback

We have your daily dose of fun and coming out stories in this one post.

In the age of promposals and viral videos, a California girl named Gina thought of an interesting way to come out to her mother.

She decided to leave a surprise message for her mother to find after enjoying the ride on Disneyland’s Splash Mountain.

We only wish the daughter had documented the moment when her mother saw the picture after the ride. We’re sure that was a real “Gotcha” moment.

But despite the fun and creativeness of Gina’s coming out, a lot of people are, understandably, distracted because of the other riders.

Many people commenting on the original post couldn’t stop but wonder, “What’s up with the other girls?”

Despite a few distracting faces, we want to share our support of Gina and her mother. We hope the best for you two from here on out.

h/t: Queerty

Gospel Singer Terrence Stone Came Out As Bisexual

Philadelphia-born singer Terrence Stone came out as bisexual.

Stone, who recently changed his name from Aaron Thomas, has had a successful career as a gospel singer. He’s appeared on shows like American Idol, BET’s Sunday Best, and Showtime at the Apollo. But as he told Philadelphia Magazine, this was never enough for him.

The 27-year-old told the magazine that he’d always felt judged by the Christian and gospel worlds that he called hom.

“I lived my life according to others’ opinions of what I should do and who I should be,” he told the magazine. “Grew up singing in the church. All I knew was church. I love it and I love God. But one thing I could never agree with was the religious aspect. As a gospel artist, it was always challenging for me to be me. The expectations of the gospel industry is to present yourself as this perfect person, when I was far from that.”

Despite the limitations that the gospel industry as put on him, Terrence Stone says that he wants to be as authentically himself as possible. That not only means finding a merge between gospel and R&B, but also means making his bisexuality public knowledge.

“The gospel industry always made me feel like I wasn’t good enough. R&B is another genre of music that I love. It’s music that’s real and tells a story,” he said. “The more I grew as an artist and as a person, I knew that my gift wasn’t only for the church. I then discovered that my mission on this earth is to impact the world through my music and life story no matter the genre. The R&B platform gives me the opportunity to encourage, inspire and uplift people in an authentic way.”

Stone also recorded a message on his Instagram account to share words of encouragement with his fans and say that he'll always be himself (new name or not).

 

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British Biking Champ Zach Leader Came Out As Gay

19-year-old British Born Zack Leader came out as gay.

Leader is a gravity bike racer, someone who rides pedal-less bikes down hills, from Lincolnshire, and he’s very good at the sport. While continuing on as a student at the University of Lincoln, Leader has won the British Evolution Cup Championships in both 2016 and 2017.

But, his latest accomplishment to date is coming out as gay.

 

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As Outsports reports, Leader posted on social media, like Facebook and Instagram, the news in a long open letter.

In the letter he says that he wanted to start out 2018 right with no more lies.

“What I’m trying to do is come out and say I’m gay.”

“I haven’t come out properly until now because of a mixture of things. I’ve been a bit nervous to come out because of the general reaction to it and not knowing if people would accept it or not. A lot of it has been because I’ve not been ready to whereas now I know I am.”

“However, the main reason I haven’t come out until now is because of racing.”

Leader goes on to say that he’s known two things since he was very little, that he wanted to be a motorcycle racer and that he was gay.

“In all the time I’ve grown up in motorcycle racing, I’ve never seen a openly gay racer, and I’ve always wondered if there was a reason for that.”

“I’ve always thought there may be a few reasons. One being that motorcycle racing, or racing in general, is perceived to be a very macho and masculine sport and so a gay rider may not be as openly accepted as we like.”

 

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The athlete went further to say, “Maybe one day we may see more racers happy and confident to come out as a member of the LGBT community!”

“If anyone isn’t too comfortable with me coming out then please don’t hesitate to message me and talk to me about it, I’m no different in any way! I’m still the same crazy, smiling nutter you all know.”

Thankfully, Leader hasn't had to deal with much negative backlash. Instead, Leader has later said that the reaction to his coming out has been “brilliant” with warm welcoming from fans/family and plenty of media coverage as well.

We at Instinct wish to congratulate Zack Leader and want to say that we look forward to watching his career grow from here.

h/t: Outsports

British TV Personality Matt Evers Came Out As Gay

Matt Evers is known as a pair skater, model and British TV personality who’s originally from the US (specifically, a Catholic family in Minnesota).

In an interview with Attitude Magazine, Matt Evers officially came out as gay.

Evers not only shared that he’s gay, but that he had another gay family member who left a big impression on him.

Evers shares that his uncle was gay, but sadly died of HIV/AIDS. Even worse, his family ostracized the uncle because of their religious beliefs.

“He was part of the original San Francisco and New York Fire Island crowd back in the 70s and 80s.”

“I didn’t know I was gay at the time, but when he was dying, it hit me really hard that he didn’t know the love of his mum, my grandmother.”

Evers then added that his uncle being gay was a problem for him too until he later realized he was also gay.

If you want ot support Matt Evers in his work, you can watch him on Dancing on Ice on ITV.

Watch This Bisexual Teen Youtuber's Heartwarming Coming Out Story

Now we’ll be honest, this isn’t a story about a gay teen boy. Instead, it’s about a teen girl.

Yes, that shouldn’t matter, but often female driven stories don’t trend well on sites like Instinct.

That said, when you have such a charming and sincere story as Elle Mills’s, you have to share it no matter what.

But who’s Elle Mills? Mills is a 19-year-old Canadian youtube who creates stories in her videos. The videos are not quite vlogs but they do follow events in her everyday life (just with a little more creativity put into them).

But as popular as Mills has gotten over the years, it seems that there’s one question she can’t seem to escape. “Elle, are you gay?”

This question has pooped up so much and her personal life has transitioned to the point that she feels it’s finally time to answer. And so, she did in the best way she could, she made a video about it.

If you’re wondering how her coming out went, what the reactions of her friends and family were, and why this Instinct Writer immediately went to subscribe to her, then check out the video down below.

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