#71: Coming Out

Download: The MP3 File (Length: 40m -- 29 MB)

Ben Mandelker [Twitter] is a writer and a podcaster who hosts both The Banter Blender and Watch What Crappens. He also writes for the B-Side Blog.  And, a few years ago, at the age of thirty, he came out of the closet.

In this class we talk about:

  • Being okay with his sexuality in his small town growing up.
  • Having crushes on girls in high school.
  • Watching TV talk shows to see male strippers.
  • How his college was very conservative.
  • How coming out wasn't a high priority.
  • Avoiding certain behaviors as to not be found out.
  • Having a girlfriend in high school for two weeks.
  • Living a mind fuck 24 hours a day while in the closet.
  • How the gay culture has evolved.
  • How some of his frat brothers came out after college.
  • Coming out when he was 30.
  • Suppressing his peak hormonal years.
  • How his writing was affected because he hadn't come out.
  • Living in the gay mecca: West Hollywood.
  • His first physical experience.
  • Coming out to his best friends.
  • Getting love and support.

Related Link: Coming Out with Dave Holmes

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