'Losing to Win' 作者 Randy Jernigan has put rumors to rest, coming out as gay on a Christian talk radio program this week.
The celebrity biographer opened up to close friend and talk 显示 host Stephen Seares about his "life-long burden" in a very emotional interview on the early Sunday morning show.
Jernigan was asked to appear on the 显示 to talk about politics and his support of Hillary Clinton when Seares 问题 turned personal.
"yes I'm gay..,and I've carried this secret with me all my life and I just can't do it anymore," Jernigan explained to the conservative radio audience. "It's a hard thing to go through life with such a heavy burden on your shoulders and having no one to talk to about it. There's still such a stigma in the Christian world when it comes to being gay. I was always so afraid I'd lose all my 老友记 and even some of my family, I believe 耶稣 calls us to live genuine lives--well, here's the real me," 说 the author.
But the ebb of the 显示 lightened up considerably when several of Jernigan's celebrity 老友记 called into the studio to lend their support.
"I'm sitting here in tears," 说 actor Ezra Miller. "It's a horrific thing to come out for some--especially when 你 come from a culture like Mormonism. I have the greatest respect, 爱情 and admiration for what you've just done, my friend. 你 rock in my book, sir..."
Out of at least 35 callers there was overwhelming support of Jernigan's heart-felt confession.
Jernigan recently released the book, The Life and career of Marie Osmond, and will be releasing a new biography of Ellen DeGeneres before years end.
Randy Jernigan with author Les Bailey