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Survivor's Zeke Smith Reflects Back on Being Outed On Show

Survivor's Zeke Smith Reflects Back on Being Outed On Show

Zeke Smith, the Survivor contestant who was outed as transgender on national television, has penned a new essay reflecting back at the moment.

He admits in a poignant new essay for THR that he tried “to affect and outsmart vulnerability,” but ultimately accepted it.

“Where we expected angry villagers wielding pitchforks, we confronted a sea of puppies and rainbows,” Zeke wrote. “Nick [Adams, director of GLAAD's Transgender Media Program] and I shook our heads in disbelief. We’d never seen a trans story responded to with such overwhelming outrage toward the wrongdoer and sympathy toward the wronged. Typically, trans victims of crimes far worse than what I endured are ridiculed and the perpetrators let off scot-free.”

“I believe it begins with having the fortune to be part of a show and a network committed to telling my story on my terms,” Zeke wrote. “I don’t lavish praise upon Jeff Probst because his dimples make me swoon, I do so because his actions proved him to be every bit the man I believed him to be.”

Zeke ended the piece with, “To the trans person who enters the spotlight next, I hope you get it as good as I did. To the person after, I hope you are met with utter indifference.”


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  • suzybel

    Are we going to keep rehashing this? It’s old news, we know already, move on.

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