‘Modern Family’ Star Jesse Tyler Ferguson’s Coming Out Happened When He Got Caught Stealing Gay Porn

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09.29.14 6 Comments
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Many people don’t realize that Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitchell on Modern Family, is actually the one who’s gay in real life since it’s Eric Stonestreet who goes so over-the-top with his rendition of Cam. But Ferguson is indeed the “authentic” one out of the television union, and on Aisha Tyler’s podcast last week, Girl On Guy, he explained his horrifically embarrassing coming out story — which inadvertently happened when he was caught stealing gay porn.

“I was caught stealing gay porn when I was 14, I always consider that my coming out. It was so humiliating. I had been stealing porn for a while, I had quite a little a collection.

I had been stealing porn and I had three magazines underneath my shirt. I guess the certain magazine that I picked up had a sensor in it, and I set off the alarm. I had to go back to the woman who asked me if I had anything in my backpack – she was giving me the benefit of the doubt.

I couldn’t be like, ‘some porn fell inside my pants’ – I lifted up my shirt and I had tears in my eyes. She took me to the back room and they brought my dad in, showed him the nature of the material that I was stealing. It was really, really humiliating.”

That poor, poor kid. Jesse Tyler Ferguson is a few years older than me but I can only imagine how horrifying an experience that was for a teenage kid back in the late ’80s. Gay teens today really have no idea how good they have it. The only thing standing between a kid who’s not ready to come out to their parents and all the porn they can watch is making sure to clear the browser history.

(Girl On Guy via Queerty)

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