G Philly’s Josh Middleton got to chat with The Biggest Loser’s Jackson Carter, the show’s first openly gay contestant, earlier this week. The Utah native talks about the NBC reality show (and what it’s like working out with Jillian Michaels), of course, but he also opens up about what it’s like being overweight and gay—an issue, quite honestly, I hadn’t thought about before.
From the interview:
G Philly: What are some of the obstacles you faced being gay and overweight? Did you find the LGBTQ community was supportive?
Jackson Carter: Being overweight and gay is very difficult. It feels like there’s a uniform you have to fit into: You have to have washboard abs and wear the tight clothes, and I didn’t have any of that. I felt very uncomfortable going out to the clubs and meeting guys, because I wasn’t comfortable with myself. A lot of times people wouldn’t even give me a second glance, because everyone is expected to fit that image. It was definitely rough and there weren’t a lot of places where I felt romantically accepted.
Read more here.