Paul Iacono, the actor who played RJ Berger in MTV's The Hard Times Of RJ Berger, has come out to the public like it was no big deal — as it should be!
He wasn't even planning on making a statement about his sexuality during an interview with The Village Voice, but when asked if he was openly gay, Iacono replied:
"Yes. I'm rolling with the punches here. I was asked if I was comfortable doing gay press. I said 'Of course.' I didn't think I'd be coming out. But why not now? I think it's the right time to say something."
Yes!!! ANY TIME is the right time to say something in our opinion, but it sounds like he was never hiding his sexuality before. He just didn't make an effort to profess it to the media until now because he didn't feel it particularly mattered and in the future he hopes the rest of the world agrees, saying:
"I believe that in 100 years, none of us will be having to identify ourselves as gay, straight, bi, or otherwise. Sexuality will be a more fluid thing."
We so, so, SO hope he's right! For now though, everyone needs to have a little gay pride so others aren't ashamed of their sexuality and can eventually come to terms with it as easily at Mr. Iacono.
Hard Times has been cancelled, but the out and proud actor will be back on MTV as a gay character (Yes! We need more! More! More!) in Kenzie's Scale, which he described as:
"It's about a high school sweetheart couple who move to New York for college. He has this gay awakening when they get there. So they continue living together more as friends than lovers.
Sounds like an awesome premise to us that will ultimately expose more people to homosexuality and make this world a better place! For his part in the process, Iacono is happy to serve as an inspiration to young kids struggling with their sexuality and explained:
"It's great that we have Chris Colfer, but we need more characters. I'm happy to be that person so kids won't have to grow up and be afraid of their sexuality and this won't be an issue."
We can't WAIT until it's no longer an issue and are so happy people like Paul are helping to make that future a reality.
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