Brian J. Smith, who starred on Netflix’s Sense8 and can currently be seen on USA Network’s Bourne Identity spin-off series Treadstone, has come out as gay in a new interview with Attitude magazine.
He spoke frankly about his journey to self-acceptance, growing up in the closet in suburban Texas in the 1980s.
“Forget about any LGBTQ union or groups. There was absolutely nothing. I was completely alone”
“I heard all the names: pussy, faggot. “I could never be who I was. I was constantly having to check myself and make sure I wasn’t looking at someone too long or making someone feel uncomfortable.
“I had to be very, very careful about telling people the truth about myself.”
He goes on to recount how his family was completely supportive when he eventually came out to them at the age of 30.
“I was surprised. When I came out to my parents they were wonderful. They said they were just waiting for me to say something”, he says.
“They were a lot more advanced than I gave them credit for.
“I think that’s when I became OK with it, too. Just in terms of being, ‘Oh that’s the world, it’s not as dangerous as I thought it was’.”
Glad to have him on our team! Welcome aboard, sir!