Comedian Todd Glass: I’m Gay

Comedian Todd Glass came out of the closet today on the podcast WTF with Marc Maron, Laughspin reports:

Glass“I have a very hard time saying that,” Glass responds after Maron suggests the comedian actually say it, himself. “And don’t get this wrong. I don’t want anyone to be ashamed of who they are—especially younger people. I always hated using that term and that’s partly why I’ve always been sympathetic to people who don’t [want to be labeled certain things]. I hate that word. But I like it better than the other word—homosexual.”

Glass, who has been in a relationship and out to his own parents for 15 years, expressed relief that he would be able to discuss that aspect of himself in his shows, and said he felt pressure to come out because of the many stories lately about bullied gay teens:

“I cannot listen to stories about kids killing themselves any longer and not [think] ‘when are you going to have a little blood on your shirt for not being honest about who you are?’” he says adding, “I can’t do this any longer.”

Listen to WTF with Marc Maron HERE.

Comments

  1. Caliban says

    Wow. I imagine that if I had the slightest idea who he was (and I watch Comedy Central frequently) I’d be VERY impressed right now.

    But he is kind of cute in stocky sort of way, so huzzah!

  2. Javier says

    Todd Glass is regarded as one of the most well-respected comics working for the past 25+ years. He is very likely your favorite comic’s favorite comic. If you haven’t heard the full episode of WTF, I highly recommend it. It’s incredibly touching

  3. Caliban says

    I did listen to most of the WTF podcast (I paused it to watch Daily Show and Colbert) and I’ll watch the rest later. It’s an interesting discussion. His story is slightly odd to me because except for a core of close friends he’s hidden his sexuality for a long time, from audiences certainly but also from other comedians. And a lot of it seemed to have been based on fear, fear of what people would say about him behind his back, etc.

    It gives him an interesting POV as a gay person who “passed” and heard what people had to say when they didn’t know a gay person was listening. But there’s a lot of what he woulda coulda said if he’d been out, but there didn’t seem to be a whole lot KEEPING him from being out. His family knew and were supportive.

    So at the same time I’m glad he’s out there’s still an air of…. I don’t know, self-loathing? Like hating the word “gay.” I mean I might not be thrilled with that exact term but i don’t conflate it to mean anything other than the current term for “homosexual.” Why split hairs?

  4. Rich says

    I don’t think it’s unusual to have some self-loathing, I get where he’s coming from. It takes years to get truly prideful and we’re at the stage nowadays where being gay should not be the key descriptor of my/your life.

    I look forward to his new material because the first youtube clip I watched was filled with “my girlfriend” jokes. Congrats Todd.

  5. Fruit-for-Peace says

    D, I just finished watching that SAME video a little while ago and I actually stood up and applauded! OH how I wish that kind of thing happened MORE! :-)

    I also checked out the following video of him back in the 1980’s. Oh to think if he was FREE of his fear back then. What a MUCH less stressful life he would have had. Better late than never! :-)

  6. antisaint says

    Awesome to hear! In the Philly area, Preston and Steve (WMMR’s morning show) has comedians on whenever they come to play. I’m not really a ‘comedy show’ guy, and while this is the first time I’m actually SEEING Todd Glass, he is hands-down the only comedian to come through that I’ve ever genuinely considered going to see, he’s always a riot on the show. Glad to find out he’s on our side.

    Just as a comment, not everybody comes bursting out of the closet. For some people it’s a slow, personal process. He isn’t coming out in the wake of some terrible sex scandal, he’s simply coming out. How about we just welcome him, eh?

  7. anon says

    Never heard of him. He probably will regret this somewhat because gay comics immediately become niche comics. I doubt he’ll have much “gay” material for his major appearances, as normally when audiences can’t relate the crickets start chirping. However, best of luck.

  8. Xavi says

    I had never heard of him either, but it’s good news nonetheless. I listened to his interview on WTF and thought it was great, very heartfelt. I absolutely identified with his story, being closeted, ashamed, wanting to pass as straight.

    I especially identified with his message of anger of being denied a acceptance at a young age, dating guys in college and in his 20’s. Totally hit home with me.

  9. redball says

    “I always hated using that term and that’s partly why I’ve always been sympathetic to people who don’t [want to be labeled certain things]. I hate that word.”

    Sounds like he has some personal issues/demons to work out! But very glad for him in feeling comfortable enough to take this step.

  10. Howard says

    Better late than never, I guess. However, comedians like Jim David, Bob Smith, Eddie Sarfaty and Michele Balan have been out for years and have never gotten this kind of attention.

  11. Jason says

    “…however, comedians like Jim David, Bob Smith, Eddie Sarfaty and Michele Balan have been out for years and have never gotten this kind of attention.”

    That’s because they suck, they don’t have the resepct of other comics, and they’re flaming

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