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'So You Think You Can Dance' Winner Benji Schwimmer Comes Out, Talks About Being Gay and Mormon: VIDEO


So You Think You Can Dance winner Benji Schwimmer has come out of the closet in an interview with the Mormon Stories Podcast that spans five and a half hours, Reality Blurred reports. Schwimmer was the winner of the second season of SYTYCD in 2006.

I have only had a chance due to time to really skim moments of the videos, but it all follows in three separate videos. The first and second deal with his coming to terms with his sexuality, and quitting the Mormon church in 2011 because of its policies regarding gays working with youths. He also founded the charity group D.E.M.A.N.D. which helps provide healthcare to dancers with HIV/AIDS, as well as other groups who are in need.

Dive in to the interviews, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Well, good for him, but his hysterical (in both senses of the word), tearful breakdown about the fiancee leaving him might have been one of the gayest moments on network television, ever. Clay Aiken seemed comparatively as cool as a Seal Team 6 operative. Anyone who didn't recognize he was gay at that point was in serious denial. When I made this observation at the time, I was hounded off of and banned from a non-official SYTYCD discussion forum!

    Posted by: St. Theresa of Avila | Jun 4, 2012 11:16:26 PM

  2. neeed tome out. ur gay face says it all.

    Posted by: mike | Jun 4, 2012 11:41:11 PM

  3. These comments are hilarious! This website has got comic genius, in addition to homosexual tendencies, or because of them. It's a total pump up. Thanks.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 5, 2012 2:32:32 AM

  4. I knew he was gay the moment I saw him, especially the way he was such a drama queen during his whole audition process.

    Travis should have won.

    Posted by: Glenn | Jun 5, 2012 5:22:27 AM

  5. Mormons have a secret mission they are doing that involves ex gay and fake gay Mormons who go into the gay community to get information on the LGBT people there and to disrupt LGBT meetings by pretending to be gay and then saying negative things about gays and their life style. You might have seen these people and heard these people and may not know it. The reason the Mormons do this is like most Christian religions, they want to "save your soul" and stop you from being gay. These Christians are very hidden and have been doing this for many years and many people do not know that they have been doing this.

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 5, 2012 11:45:32 AM

  6. @LITTLEKIWI: Well said, very well said. Thank you.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 5, 2012 11:54:45 AM

  7. Oh please, who didn't know he was gay? Come on already. Next.

    Posted by: Willie Jones | Jun 5, 2012 8:17:28 PM

  8. So T-Rex, spill: what's he lying about? I was extremely skeptical that he resisted sex with men until he left the church.

    Posted by: Zip | Jun 6, 2012 4:39:34 AM

  9. Woh. It might have been nice if he wasn't such a self-hating gay! Honey, will you ever get passed the gender stereotypes and sexuality based prejudices of century-behind-the-times Utah?
    I live in the bizarro world known as Utah and I have met my fair share of gay mo's. I have never understood why they would stay for one second in such a cult after realizing they are enemy number one (I was relatively sheltered from Mormonism. I was baptized but dropped that sh*t as soon as I learned my brother is gay. I am Bi.). But after watching Benji's interview I understand a little more how intensely brainwashed members are, how literally and blindly they take the literature of their faith. Having witnessed Benji's struggle, I have so much more compassion for the gay mormons.

    Posted by: josie | Jun 7, 2012 1:17:18 AM

  10. Someone needs to send this to David Archuleta. Hopefully he will get the courage someday to do the same. The more gay Mormons speak out, the more they can demand change to this church's horrible treatment of GLBT people. This dancer had to leave the church -- unless he vowed to be celebrate the rest of his life, he would be excommunicated.

    Posted by: Sarah | Jun 7, 2012 5:55:57 AM

  11. @Barca,

    And the other 5% sure aren't straight. Trust me.

    Posted by: Gabe R L | Jun 7, 2012 10:23:01 AM

  12. Good girl. He looks so clean and wholesome. Doesn't seem to possess the bottomless pit ego of a certain DL Black.

    Posted by: Garth | Jun 9, 2012 3:30:15 PM

  13. Demian! there is a gay porn video for guys who like the Mormon look!

    Posted by: greg | Jun 12, 2012 9:06:14 PM

  14. I watched the entire first video. I never could understand why Benji did not use his talent in mainstream show business. He rejected the offer from Celine Dion's show at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas and opened a dance studio?

    Benji, you can still solve all your financial problems by getting a Hollywood agent and becoming internationally famous for your amazing talent and good looks. Go for it!

    Posted by: Johnny | Jun 25, 2012 11:47:03 AM

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