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Model Derek Chadwick Comes Out as Gay

Derek Chadwick is opening up about his sexuality for the first time in a new cover story for Gay Times‘ August 2018 issue.

Here is what the 23-year-old Instagram influencer and model had to share with the mag:

On coming out so publicly: “Coming out in this way allows me to use the privilege that I have to help other people who don’t have that. The opportunities that I’ve been given to have a voice. I feel like that was the main reason why I wanted to do this cover. I want to be the person that’s at those rallies and events advocating for people and anybody. I never felt that I could do that unless I did this, and I think this is a major way for people to see visible queer people… If I can just inspire one person, whoever that is, to be their true self or do something they were scared to do or didn’t feel 100% confident in, that would be the most rewarding part of all this.”

On why he’s waited so long to publicly address his sexuality: “I felt it (‘gay shame’) on the most personal level that you could feel it because my parents were, at first, not very accepting of it (being gay) at all. I came out to my mom and step-dad, and I remember my mom saying that she thought I was straight. I have a very private life, and because I haven’t been out, I’ve been nervous about people seeing my personality because I didn’t want them to jump to conclusions about me without knowing my whole story. That’s what has made me cautious on social media to begin with – to reveal the real me.”

On living openly moving forward: “To be honest, I really don’t care what people think about me. It helps you to not let negative comments affect the positive comments… I literally came from this small town in Long Island and am living now in Los Angeles. I want to show that you’re able to do anything you put your mind to. Sounds cheesy, but it’s the truth.”

For more from Derek, visit GayTimes.co.uk.

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Victoria Justice & Georgie Flores Watch 'Love, Simon' at Just Jared's Special Screening!

Victoria Justice, Georgie Flores, and “Coping” singer Frankie walk the red carpet at JustJared.com‘s special screening of Love, Simon on Sunday (January 14) at The London Hotel in West Hollywood, Calif.

Victoria was joined at the screening by her Eye Candy co-star Harvey Guillen while Georgie hung out with her Famous in Love co-star Charlie DePew and friends Chaley Rose, Katelyn Tarver, Hannah Kasulka, and Brooke Vallone.

Also in attendance at the screening were Zelda Williams and model Derek Chadwick.

The film’s star Nick Robinson and director Greg Berlanti did a Q&A after the screening and our editor-in-chief Jared Eng was the moderator. Make sure to see the movie when it hits theaters on March 16!

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