Mike Pucillo is a three-time All-American and 2008 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) champion wrestler. In a recent interview with The Open Mat, the 28-year-old athlete opens up about struggling with his sexuality during his competitive years and reveals why he chose now to come out.
“I wish I was able to be myself seven years ago while still competing in college, but it isn’t until now that I am comfortable with myself to tell my story. I want people to know that you aren’t alone. If I can just help one person get through, then I will be happy.”
After competing, Pucillo transitioned to coaching at Ohio State in 2011. He only spent a year as an assistant coach for the following reason. “I didn’t need to make anyone feel uncomfortable in the locker room. …There was a thought in my mind [that] people outside wrestling call it a gay sport and look at me, I’m the gay guy, they were right. Maybe there was that part of it.”
2016 GOP presidential hopeful Ben Carson, who’s an anti-gay extremist, recently shared his thoughts that homosexuality is a choice. What’s his proof? The retired neurosurgeon pointed to straight men who go to prison and once released ‘choose’ to be gay. Clearly, very scientific… NOT!!!
Naturally, Funny or Die decided to poke fun at Carson’s ridiculous theory. They hit the streets of New York City to ask gay people when they decided to be gay. Naturally, you can imagine some of the responses. One hilariously blames Will & Grace. Check out the satirical clip below.
There’s been plenty of speculation regarding Jessie Smollett’s sexuality. Is he gay like the character he plays on Empire or just playing gay? The 31-year-old actor chose to set the record straight on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
He did, however, wait until backstage to reveal all, instead of addressing the topic during the main interview in front of the studio audience. Smollett reveals that “there’s never been a closet that I’ve been in. I don’t own a closet, I own a dresser.”
If that declaration isn’t clear enough, check out his ‘coming out’ below. He doesn’t state it in any definitive terms, but he does mention that he takes his mama to the Sound of Music sing-along every year. Enough said ;)
Harry Cook is not that well-known here in North America, but has several acting credits in his native Australia. The 22-year-old Aussie actor is probably best known for playing Geena Davis’ son in Accidents Happen. On Sunday, Cook uploaded a video on YouTube discussing his sexuality.
“This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do but I know it’s the right thing to do. I hope I can have your support. :)” – YouTube Description
In the short clip, he talks about his worries that coming out will affect his career due to filmmakers’ narrow-minded views on gay actors. As everyone knows, gays can’t play straight roles ;) He makes a valid point saying he knows how to play straight because he did it all throughout high school. Touché.
Cook can next be seen in the indie Drown. The film explores unrequited lust and homophobia among a group of young surfers that culminate in a tragic booze-fueled episode of near-fatal bullying. Check out the teaser trailer below, along with Cook’s coming out clip.
Tom Daley wasn’t the only one joining the LGBT ranks recently. Maria Bello sorta did as well. In an essay titled “Coming Out as a Modern Family,” the 46-year-old actress discusses coming out to her 12-year-old son Jackson about her best friend and partner, Clare Munn. Jackson is the result of a previous relationship with TV producer Dan McDermott. Here’s a brief excerpt from the New York Times piece.
So back to Jackson’s question, with me sitting on the edge of his bed: Was I romantic with anyone right now?
I exhaled and finally said it: “Clare.”
He looked at me for what seemed like an eternity and then broke into a huge, warm smile. “Mom, love is love, whatever you are,” he said with wisdom beyond his years. (Yes, he obviously attends one of those progressive schools in Los Angeles!)
I loved him so much for saying that. “But Jack, I’m a little scared,” I said. “When I was younger, people judged you if you were in a romantic relationship with a person of the same sex, and some still do. So I’m not sure how to deal with this. But we’ll figure it out together.”
British diver Tom Daley came out of the closet today via his YouTube page to tell the world he’s been dating a guy. I can already hear all the gay men squealing with joy over this news. We’ve definitely done our fair share of oogaling and drooling over this young stud muffin and now those fantasies have come true. In the video Tom discusses that he read an article where he was misquoted and it made him feel really angry and lists that as one of the reasons he decided to make the video.
“I’ve been dating girls and I’ve never really had a serious relationship to talk about and now I feel ready to talk about my relationships.
Come spring this year my life changed massively when I met someone and it made me feel so happy, so safe, and everything just feels great. And, well, that someone is a guy. And it did take me by surprise a little bit. It was always in the back of my head that something like that could happen but it wasn’t until spring this year that something just clicked…”
Tom states that he still fancies girls for now but we’ll see how that one goes. A lot of people will say “Bi now, gay later,” but I’m finding with the younger generation that it’s not so black and white anymore these days and a lot of younger people are landing more in the middle with bisexuality. In any case, I want to commend Tom for stepping out like this. We all have to remember that he’s been in the public eye since he was 16 and he’s now only 19 years old. I didn’t even come out until I was 20 and I lived in a very accepting household with no one watching so I can only imagine what it’s like for these young stars. I wish Tom all the best in his relationship and I’m glad to see he’s really happy with whoever this lucky young lad is. I’m sure we’ll soon be seeing him gracing the covers of Attitude and GT Magazine because of this news.
Not that it should come as a surprise to anyone, but Bob Harper is one big ‘ol homo. The 48-year-old trainer publicly talked about his sexuality for the first time on Tuesday night’s episode of The Biggest Loser. It’s worth noting that Bob has never denied being gay. In an effort to inspire contestant Bobby Saleem, who was having trouble coming out to his father, the fitness instructor shared his own story. He wanted to show Bobby that he doesn’t have to live in shame.
I’m gay. I knew I very long time ago that I was gay,” Harper revealed. “When I came out — when I was 17 years old — it was one of those things where I realized that there was going to be so many obstacles, but being gay doesn’t mean being weak. And being gay doesn’t mean that you are less than anybody else. It’s just who you are.”
After their chat, Bobby revealed he would come out to his strict Catholic family. Once the show aired, Harper received an outpouring of support from his Twitter followers. Check out the Biggest Loser segment below.
I’m sure most Hollywood insiders have known this for some time now, but Maulik Pancholy is making it official. The 30 Rock and Weeds actor is not only coming out but also revealing he’s been with his partner for nine years. The 39-year-old is part of OUT magazine’s OUT 100 list this year.
“I just celebrated my nine-year anniversary with my partner,” Pancholy shared with OUT. “It feels like a nice time to be celebrating something like that, especially on the heels of the DOMA and Prop 8 decisions.”
Since playing Jack Donaghy’s overprotective assistant Jonathan, Maulik has found another regular gig. He’s voicing the title character on Nickelodeon’s animated series Sanjay and Craig which was renewed for 2014. How funny is it that he’s playing another character named Sanjay after playing one on Weeds?
Others making OUT’s list this year are Glee’s Jonathan Groff, American Horror Story‘s Denis O’Hare, comedienne Lea DeLaria, comic and TV reporter Mo Rocca, Suburbatory’s Rex Lee, Scandal’s Guillermo Diaz, and many more. For more, head over to OUT.com.