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  1. Brian in Texas says

    Geez, I used to watch this show as a kid in the early nineties and seeing how he’s aged makes me feel OLD.

    So like deaths do “celebs” come out in threes now?

  2. Gregus says

    I feel so bad for him. Hope he now fully accepts himself and finds happiness. With that said, the fucking sappy acoustic guitar playing in the background is beyond annoying :)

  3. Disgusted Gay American says

    good interview – glad he got his life together….and for those who are ragging on this guy – leave him the hell alone for petes sake.

  4. TANK says

    jeez, that’s a very high forehead. That’s a whole lotta forehead…and the hair loss amplifies his gigantic, huge forehead. Hmmmm, if I chould choose between projecting a flick on a moviescreen or his forehead, I’d choose his forehead… Goddman that head’s big!

    As for this, this is awful…but it was produced by homophobes, so there ya have it. Oh, and that show did for children’s television what butt cancer did for farrah.

  5. jomicur says

    He seems like a good guy. I only ever watched the Power Rangers a few times, out of curiosity (I’m way too old to be part of their target demographic), but somehow he was the one who always caught my eye. Whether that was my gaydar kicking in or he actually was the most interesting actor on the show, I couldn’t say, but he sure looked good in those blue tights. I’m glad he’s out and has found a bit of piece with himself, and I can’t help wishing him well.

  6. MrRoboto says

    OMG! A 41 year old man who’s starting to lose his hair? How shocking?

    That’s all you’ve got, Tank? Man, you’re intellect is both staggering and profound.

  7. Malekai says

    Dude, I remember having the BIGGEST crush on Billy, even though everyone else liked Jason or Tommy. I won’t say he looked good in blue tights, since I’m guessing it wasn’t actually him in the suit (correct me if I’m wrong).

    This is a tad ironic, since Billy was one of the first male fantasies I ever had, and it really made me question my sexuality for the first time. Interesting to know that he was going through the same thing.

    I think he’s aged pretty well. I’d still be dtf.

  8. TANK says

    You think he’s aged pretty well? I couldn’t pick him out of a lineup…and I wouldn’t want to…ew. Bald’s as gross as old.

    “That’s all you’ve got, Tank? Man, you’re intellect is both staggering and profound.”

    Uh huh, uh huh.

  9. ColinATL says

    My partner and I spent an evening chatting with David at a friend’s home, and he was delightful. Whip smart and extremely grounded. Rare brush with the famous for me…

  10. tyler says

    Tank, you must be young, perfect and physically flawless. However the verbal diarrhea that comes out of your mouth has given you butt breath. I pity anyone who has to date you.

  11. Ernie Kovacks says

    He neglected to mention the writers and producers were also gay. While that doesn’t make the situation any better it adds a little more context.

  12. TANK says

    Not much context, ernie. What it seems to suggest is that if the writers and producers were also gay (and there was more than one producer, and the central one or ones weren’t, in fact, gay), and aware of this, that they were either directly or indirectly engaged in homophobia. That doesn’t speak very highly of them because it doesn’t excuse them from responsibility from the behavior of others (at the very least, they were obligated to stop this from happening, and failure to do so results in unethical behavior of theirs…compounding needless suffering).

    That context just makes it worse, it would seem…in being permissable if they knew (and it seems unlikely that they wouldn’t).

    About olds. I am not young…but I’m younger than thirty-five…thankfully (when I turn forty, if I turn forty…it’s going to be a short ride)! Aside from deteriorating bodies and the smell of death coupled with that body coldness that comes with advancing age (there’s a reason why elderly feudal lords would sleep with younger people–and it wasn’t necessarily the prevalent belief that it would extend one’s life…though I wouldn’t doubt that it did), is that olds are, through experience, more adept at hiding just how fucked up they are than younger people (for which it is very apparent, usually). I find that a detrimental quality.

    As to my personal disgust, I am constantly being hit on by older men…and I detest it, because I don’t find older men attractive given all of the statistical shortcomings that they doubtless have…and, the fact that they are, physically, often not appealing at all. Intellectually, many aren’t that appealing either…I mean, when you are already at a certain level, intellect impresses one far less than it does someone below you. However, rampant immaturity is unattractive regardless of age. it’s just too bad that it takes most men the loss of physical attraction to achieve maturity.

    I think, however, that it’s important to discuss aging within the gay male community…as it is almost universally considered a horrible thing…and it’s not an entirely vacuous, or even superficial belief.

  13. JohnnyBCN says

    Tank I think it’s important for YOU to discuss ageing – but don’t go projecting your scarily bitter neuroses onto the rest of us. I am in my mid forties and getting hit on by pretty young guys all the time looking for daddy – and it does nothing for me. Fairplay though to those it does work for but the idea that we are all throwing ourselves from our walkers at any piece of twenty year old tail that walks by is a load of bollocks. For me, the generosity of spirit a guy acquires as he ages, and the wisdom which for all your intelligence you seem to be sadly lacking, combined with the middle aged body of a man sure in himself is so fucking hot. All you’re trading on at the moment is a firm ass cause I am pretty damn sure no-one’s chasing after you for your dazzling personality. So beautiful and yet so so bitter. What gives?

  14. TANK says

    So my question for you, bcn, would be whether or not you believe that aging is a serious concern for most gay men, and specifically, is a very well tread phobia in the gay male community. Do you not believe this? If you don’t, I don’t think you’re dealing with the truth. And please, spare me the I’m an old but get hit on by all these young guys, routine. I’ll not deny that, but for every old interested in dating men his own age, there are dozens of men who aren’t…and this isn’t specific to gay men, but men in general. Men are, on average, attracted to young attractive people…not so much olds.

    Given that it is a major concern and phobia amongst gay men in particular, why wouldn’t it be a topical issue to explore?

  15. climber says

    OK, I gave up after a few seconds due to the utterly unhelpful background music.

    WTF.

    Why does anybody ever dub background music behind a straightforward interview with a human being?

    Do they think viewers are idiots?

    Isn’t it, at the least, disrespectful to the interviewee?

  16. JohnnyBCN says

    In the first instance you didn´t want to discuss it seriously. If you did want to stimulate a genuine conversation about ageing maybe you shouldn’t have gone about it in such a negative manner. This isn’t a specifically gay issue – the whole world is caught up in a youth cult. But we spend most of our lives not being young and you have to learn to give up being a Peter Pansy and find a way to make growing older beautiful. I understand how the gay media in particular fetishizes and commodifies youth – but to extrapolate from that anyway over forty is living in a state of decay smelling of death and waiting to vampirise some comely youth – it’s too much. This is my truth and the truth of my friends and lovers. You don’t sound like you want to be just another gay cliche – why are you living up to such a stereotype?

  17. Joseph says

    Could we please dismiss with using “olds” as a noun? It’s disgraceful and demeaning, and you’re using it in the same way and tone that KKK members use the word “Jew”, as a pejorative.

    “Given that it is a major concern and phobia amongst gay men in particular…” No, it’s a major phobia amongst shallow people in particular. The “concern” felt by folks in general isn’t often about growing old, but about being reminded of the time they have left. I daresay most people aren’t against growing old… given that there’s only one alternative.

    Someone once told me that her mother advised her: don’t marry for looks, because looks fade. Don’t marry for money, because wealth can be transient and fleeting. But if you marry someone with a sense of humor, you’ll know that you’ll be laughing each day of your life together. She did, and she has. Wise words.

  18. TANK says

    But it does seem that the only people who refer to youth culture disdainfully are victims of it. This doesn’t lend itself to a particularly unbiased analysis, does it? To automatically class those who aren’t attracted to older people as…superficial, peter pansys, etc.?

    Now, the fact is that in getting old you lose faculties and abilities you had in youth. You gain knew ones with experience (or rather, you develop specific traits you already had), but you do lose strength, attractiveness, energy, and in many cases cognitive faculties. So I agree with people who say that there’s not a whole lot to look forward to in aging. Some things, sure…it’s not all negative…but it is mostly negative. And it’s not just a state of mind to base this on in aging gracefully, but a physical reality. Can you blame someone for not looking forward to that?

    And while youth and beauty may be an obsession in popular media, and for product sales…it seems particularly relevant amongst gay men. There is a hyperfocus amongst gay men, and why is that?

  19. JohnnyBCN says

    And this all happens when you turn forty does it? Your fear is palpable. Am I a victim of society’s obsession with youth? I am filled with joy when I see two young guys walking down the street holding hands – it doesn’t make me feel sad or bitter or rejected – it is lovely. I think you just refuse to believe that I meant it about loving the age I am now because the negative voice in your head is so loud. I don’t think you have to be attracted to older men – that wasn’t what my remark about being a Peter Pansy was. You have to find out what is attractive about yourself at every age and learn that being young isn’t the only way to be beautiful. And once you can do that you learn how to see it in other men too. So many of the things you seem to value are just physicalities. Your cognitive faculties aren’t going to go out of the window any time soon. And what about contentment, acceptance, a state of grace – attributes that grow stronger in me in every passing year. As for the hyperfocus in gay men – I ask you again – why is that relevant to how you yourself feel? Why do you just want to run with the pack? You seem to be able to put together a good argument so it just seems weak to fall back on “I think older men are repulsive cause all the other gays say that.”

  20. TANK says

    Physicalities are just as important psychological compatibility. One is no more nor less superificial than the other. And the reality is that both are required in terms of enduring attraction.

    I’m not disputing that you’re content with your age. That’s always a good thing. Aging gracefully is to be encouraged. That’s not my point. My point is, rather, that not looking forward to aging is justifiable as is being attracted to younger people. Moreso, what is the underlying mechanism and reason for the hyperfocus on age amongst gay men and, separately, the broader cultural emphasis and phobia and disgust with age? Evolutionary psych aside, I’d like a real answer, and not some a priori theory.

    But this isn’t the forum to engage on any matter of…sincere exploration. And it’s certainly not the topic under discussion. Which, I take full credit for derailing. Thanks for playing, though.

  21. Sean says

    I personally can’t wait for younger people who are “disgusted” by older people to get there themselves. By that time they will turn into the men they reviled and try to get the younger guys and be told that they are disgusting. Then he’ll be crying a different tune.

    I knew that David Yost was gay…I can’t wait to listen to this interview as I will find it very good and insightful. He still looks good!

  22. JohnnyBCN says

    Try internalised homophobia, Tank. You refuse to believe you exist beyond the cliche your oppressors have created for you. The total sum of you as a gay man is your ability to persuade another guy to stick his dick up your ass. And if you can’t do that, then what? Sincerely, you strike me as quite sad – it isn´t great to see any young guy growing up like you filled with so much revulsion for himself and turning it out on the world. I wasn´t playing. I thought engaging with you might get you to realise that your “look at that forehead eww gross” schtick was nothing more than simple bad manners but for you it is actually the precis of a philosophy for life. Damn the next ten years are going to be rough on you.

  23. nic says

    when i saw the number of comments on this thread, i wondered why so many people were so interested in david yost. i should have known that the provocateur, the narcissistic TANK would have a hand in it. who else on towleroad could take a post about the pain and tribulation of another, trivialize it, then make it about something much more important — himself? who else but a profoundly shallow (an oxymoron by intent) queen?

    A person with narcissistic personality disorder:

    * Reacts to criticism with rage, shame, or humiliation
    * Takes advantage of other people to achieve his or her own goals
    * Has feelings of self-importance
    * Exaggerates achievements and talents
    * Is preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence, or ideal love
    * Has unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment
    * Requires constant attention and admiration
    * Disregards the feelings of others, lacks empathy
    * Has obsessive self-interest
    * Pursues mainly selfish goals

    and so it goes with tank…. the sound and the fury signifying nothing.

  24. hmp says

    oh yeah, people have to learn that Tank is a Troll.
    Simple as that, no matter how perfect he seems to be in his mind, he’s a Troll.

    Towleroad gives him the will to live.
    On a recent post he fullfilled Godwin’s law. I don’t think there is any comeback after that.

  25. Dave says

    David Yost has a great message in the part 3 of the interview and I’m glad he’s made it through the bullshit and is still around to say it. God Bless Mr. Yost… And boys… when you see a Tank.. ahem, I mean a turd on the sidewalk, step around it or your shoes will smell all day.

  26. TANK says

    That’s actually a new one…and it’s quite amusing…date an old or else you’re internalizing self loathing andh homophobia….made of win! LMAO! As to the troll accusation, I’d say that compare to most of the comments I put up with, I’m pretty tame.

  27. nic says

    “date an old.” is TANK trying to coin a new usage for a word by turning an adjective into a noun? fail.

    he doesn’t appear to know what it means when someone refers to him as a troll. to be clear, a troll is a person who posts incendiary, extraneous comments to elicit a particular response. in other words, he wants to commandeer the conversation to his own ends to show how clever or witty or intelligent he is. in this case (and in general) — epic fail. he was sent a-packin’, tail-tucked by JOHHNYBCN.

  28. Adam says

    I personally think it is terrible that he had to suffer those indiscretions. I hope he does well and is successful, he seems like a genuinely nice guy. And in regards to Tank, age is a natural process, I’m not sure what corner of the world you live in (I’m assuming it is a state of mind rather than an actual place) but forty is young.

  29. Bob says

    Tank — with the puffed up nickname and the puffed up words, we are going to assume that you are a moderately good looking graduate of a mediocre university, who will either dwelling in the bottle in a few years, or realize you have been an unkind and pompous ass.

    SSCHIFRSHA– not funny, sad that you wrote it

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