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‘RJ Berger’ Star Paul Iacono Comes Out

Paul Iacono, the actor most known for his starring role in MTV’s The Hard Times of RJ Berger, has come out of the closet in an interview with Michael Musto for the Village Voice. Here are the highlights.

On being openly gay:

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. It’s not about me, it’s about change and the work.

On inspiring gay youth:

Of course. The whole reason we came up with Kenzie’s Scale is to give young gays characters to look up to. It’s great that we have Chris Colfer, but we need more characters. I was so moved by your comment on Facebook that ‘If I’d grown up with gay TV icons that were out, I’d have been so much better off.’ I didn’t have much to look up to as a kid. I had to search to find like-minded images. 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.

Read the full interview via THE VILLAGE VOICE

Paul also twitted? his announcement.

? Paul Iacono Paul Iacono ? Yes I’m gay. And yes, it does get better. #YOLO