Class #38: Coming Out with Dave Holmes

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Dave Holmes [Twitter] is an actor and TV host who you've seen on MTV, FX, Court TV, Comedy Central, Bravo, VH1... and plenty more.  In 1998 he first rose to national prominence with his runner-up finish on MTV's first reality competition show, Wanna Be a VJ?  Dave is also an out-of-the-closet gay man.  Today I chat with Dave about that journey and how it's impacted his 42 years of life.

In this class we talk about:

  • Coming to terms with the sexual part of being gay as well as the cultural part
  • Learning to love yourself as "an unconventional male"
  • Leaning on friends for support
  • Eventually getting honest with everyone
  • Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" project
  • Gaining weight to hide and keep safe
  • Losing 50 pounds and being in the best shape of his life at 42.
  • Coming out to your parents
  • Using alcohol and cigarettes to numb feelings
  • Being out of the closet and on MTV
  • His youth at an all boys catholic school
  • Being gay in the sports-centric Mid-West
  • College at Holy Cross as the only out gay man
  • Carson Daly is NOT gay
  • Gay publications' initial disinterest in Dave
  • Finally appearing in Out magazine
  • Using therapy to gain comfort in your own skin
  • Difficulties of being gay in Hollywood
  • Telling off some Hollywood producers

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