Pro snowboarder and film director Tanner Pendelton came out as gay in an exclusive interview for Torment magazine timed for Pride.
“For me, ever since I was really young, I knew,” Pendleton told his close personal friend Java Fernandez who interviewed him. “But it was something that the world told me was bad—so I kept it bottled up in a way, you know?”
Pendleton says, “I first knew when I was really young. I can think back really far and remember being like, ‘Oh shit, I think I’m gay.’ To be honest, it was a confusing road, and not everything is black and white, in my opinion. I also think there’s a difference between knowing that you’re gay and accepting that you’re gay. For me, ever since I was really young, I knew. But it was something that the world told me was bad—so I kept it bottled up in a way, you know? It honestly wasn’t until maybe five years ago that I was like, ‘Okay, yeah, this is me and I’m gay.’ Almost as if I needed to come out to myself first and foremost.”
Read the full interview here.