Dynasty’s Rafael: “I suppressed being gay until I was 20”

Dynasty star Rafael de la Fuente has opened up about how he came out at 20 years old. Speaking in a Pride chat with trans actress Ivory Aquino, he explained that it took him many years to finally be true to himself as he struggled to feel comfortable about being gay.

“I always knew [I was gay] from a very young age,” he said. “I always felt what I felt inside of me was a little bit different than what was considered normal. When I was very young, probably around five or four, I identified male, but I didn’t have that separation of, like, this is boys’ stuff and this is girls’ stuff and I am supposed to like boys’ stuff. I liked everything. I liked to play with my girl cousin, I like to play with my Barbies. I liked to play sport with my boy friends. I had more girl crushes than boy crushes, but this was at four or five.”

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However, Rafael, who plays the hilarious Sammy Jo in the Netflix smash hit, says that he found out soon enough that expressing himself in certain ways that felt natural to him didn’t always sit well with others. “I remember having a situation with my dad when one of my older cousins, who was a girl, painted my nails and I very proudly went to tell my dad, but he was very upset and he yelled at me and said “no, that that was for girls’. that was the first moment I felt shame. But then when I was older, in my teenage years, I had feelings for boys and I immediately suppressed them. I never really told myself ‘I’m gay’. not even in my head. I would suppress it. Until I was 20 when I came out.”

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Rafael went on to explain that during his time at uni, he was endured mental heath issues because he found it a hard time to feel comfortable enough to admit to himself he was gay1 “I was in college. I was super depressed because I knew that life wasn’t working out for me,” he says. “The way I was living my life wasn’t authentic and it wasn’t working. I didn’t feel joy or any happiness. I felt trapped, I felt like small little shadow of myself.”

Happiness lives in simplicity ✨ . . . . @pablocostanzo @bymo___

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He admits that when he started to find out about other people’s coming out stories online, he gradually began to feel the confidence to come out. “I started watching a lot of videos of people telling their coming out stories,” he recalls. “I grew up in Venezuela and where I grew up in the late 90s. I didn’t grow up around any gay people that I knew were out. There were no representation of LGBTQ people in the media – it was all mockery and stereotypes and shells. Nothing real. Nothing you related to. Nothing that was aspirational in any way. Characters you would laugh at, not with. They were the characters you made fun at. I didn’t have anyone gay I could look up to.”

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Luckily, hearing about other people like him and their happy stories helped him finally come out. “When I was about to graduate, I started looking up people telling their coming out stories and I started to see gay people being happy and successful, talking about things I had felt. Therefore I felt less of an alien and not as alone. And that it was possible to feel the way I felt and be okay and be successful and have a family.”

R E P R E S E N T A T I O N M A T T E R S . It has been the honor and privilege of my life giving a voice and a face to my community through my work. . We are not to be treated as stereotypes, jokes or empty shells. We are NOT one dimensional. We are not the “other”. WE ARE YOU AND YOU ARE US. As HUMANS we all feel pain, we all feel joy, we all feel heartache, we all feel love, but most importantly WE ALL WANT TO BE SEEN. . LGBTQ people are complex, fascinating and deserving of the same amount of opportunities, and the same amount of platforms to tell our stories. . Regardless of our shared queer experience, we all have different struggles within our community. White gay men have privilege over black gay men, immigrant gay, bi and lesbian people deal with different issues than their American-born counter parts. . RACISM IS REAL WITHIN THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY AND WE MUST ADDRESS IT IMMEDIATELY. We know the pain of discrimination so we should know better… . WE MUST UPLIFT EACH OTHER, EMPATHIZE WITH EACH OTHER. . GIVE SPACE TO BLACK AND BROWN QUEER VOICES. . UPLIFT OUR TRANS BROTHERS AND SISTERS. #pridemonth . Just some thoughts… Love, R

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In a more recent instagram post Rafael spork about how proud he was of being able to represent LGBTQ+ people on screen. “It has been the honor and privilege of my life giving a voice and a face to my community through my work. We are not to be treated as stereotypes, jokes or empty shells. We are NOT one dimensional. We are not the “other”. WE ARE YOU AND YOU ARE US. As HUMANS we all feel pain, we all feel joy, we all feel heartache, we all feel love, but most importantly WE ALL WANT TO BE SEEN. people are complex, fascinating and deserving of the same amount of opportunities, and the same amount of platforms to tell our stories.Regardless of our shared queer experience, we all have different struggles within our community. White gay men have privilege over black gay men, immigrant gay, bi and lesbian people deal with different issues than their American-born counter parts. RACISM IS REAL WITHIN THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY AND WE MUST ADDRESS IT IMMEDIATELY. We know the pain of discrimination so we should know better… WE MUST UPLIFT EACH OTHER, EMPATHIZE WITH EACH OTHER. GIVE SPACE TO BLACK AND BROWN QUEER VOICES. UPLIFT OUR TRANS BROTHERS AND SISTERS.”

Watch @rafaeldlf’s Pride Month Q&A with @msivoryaquino!

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Rafael de la Fuente Shirtless Empire Hunk: Gay or Has Girlfriend?

Rafael de la Fuente Comes Out: Who’s His Boyfriend. Oh wow! While we were not looking, the hunky Latino actor that is Rafael de la Fuente came out last year as a member of the LGBT community.

Here’s a message he posted on his Instagram account back in June 2019: “HAPPY WORLD #PRIDE to all my beautiful brothers, sisters and everyone in between. What a beautiful community built on resilience, love, courage and magic. We are beautiful in every way one can be beautiful. As a proud queer man I salute you in your struggles and your WINS. I love you. ONWARD! ❤️️‍✨ #CHOOSELOVE”

He is currently dating photographer boyfriend Pablo Costanzo. Here are photos of the lovely couple we grabbed from Rafael’s Insta account (follow him @rafaeldlf):

….. Rafael de la Fuente Shirtless Empire Hunk: Gay or Has Girlfriend? (posted 7 February 2015). Empire actor Rafael de la Fuente is the kind of guy who grows hotter as he grows older. If you look at his pictures when he was younger, you would say that he is handsome boy next door. What does he look like these days now that he is older? Oh man, he is sizzling hot, hot, hot!

Too bad he is gay. Nah, he’s not! Or is he? Well, to be honest, we don’t know whether he is gay or straight in real life. But we do know that he is playing the role of a gay man in the biggest television hit this season (aka Empire on Fox TV). If you read our post on Jussie Smollett, you would know by now that Rafael plays Michael Sanchez who is the boyfriend/lover of Jamal Lyon (played by Jussie).

In an interview with , here’s what he has to say about his role which, to date, is his most prominent acting gig:

Tell me a little about your character on the show. My character is Michael Sanchez and he is Jamal Lyons’ live-in boyfriend. I’m just really, really happy to be playing this role because I feel like through Jamal and Michael’s story we’re addressing several important issues like homophobia, and so I’m very happy.

It’s like an update on the Omar/Renaldo relationship from The Wire. Yes. And it’s a topic that within Latino and black communities, especially the hip-hop world, it’s really important to be addressed. And the show is incredibly entertaining but it also has a purpose and that is to address certain subject matters like that one.

How has it been to work with immensely talented veterans like Lee Daniels and Terrence Howard? Well, I moved to L.A. a year and 8 months ago, and I had worked a lot in the Hispanic industry in Florida, and I moved to Hollywood and all of a sudden I’m on the set of Empire and working with the amazing Lee Daniels and Danny Strong and Terrence Howard. I was just on cloud nine. First of all, because its so exciting and I’m a fan of these people and I’ve seen them on the big screen, and I respect their work. But also because of how huge of a learning experience it was—working with people who have been nominated for an Oscar is just another level in my career. And I could definitely learn from them. And it was great because they always made me feel really comfortable and just relax and create, and it was just amazing. Lee Daniels is the most nurturing, approachable, open artist and creator that I’ve met so far, he’s an outstanding talent, but more so an incredible human being. I’m so blessed to work with him. He’s really cool.

What can you share about your character for the rest of the season? I can’t share much, but things might or might not get a little sour. You got to prepare for some sharp left turns out of nowhere! The season is definitely full of drama and sexiness and amazing music, so you should definitely tune in every Wednesday.

Before he got his biggest break on Empire, Rafael’s most prominent acting gig is the youth-oriented TV series Grachi which was shown on Nickelodeon Latin America. If we are not mistaken, the following photos are vidcaps from said show:

Can he give Michael Phelps a run for his swimming money?

A photo of Rafa when he was younger. As we said in the beginning of this post, he is a handsome boy next door.

Here’s a Rafael de la Fuente shirtless gym workout.

Rafael de la Fuente Girlfriend? We don’t know if he’s dating anyone these days but we won’t be surprised if he’s dating any of his Grachi co-stars such as Isabella Castillo…

What say you Famewatchers? Who is Rafael de la Fuente dating in real life? If you have some info, do tell us in the comments.

Rafael de La Fuente Shirtless Empire Hunk: Gay or Has Girlfriend? Posted 7 February 2015. Last updated: July 1, 2020 at 9:59 am.

Rafael de la Fuente Shirtless Empire Hunk: Gay or Has Girlfriend?

Rafael De La Fuente

The Venezuelan actor plays Jussie Smollett’s boyfriend on the hit Fox series „Empire.“

Hell yeah he’s gay and I would smash into next year! so handsome

I wish he would just come out already, R7. At one point he even had a beard, ugh.

Yeah he has played gay over and over but he is not openly gay.

I find that most young actors like him who stay in are usually in relationships with some possessive asshole who treats them like shit. They do not want their hot boyfriend to tell the world they are gay, because they know he will be getting dick thrown at him left and right.

Colton Haynes is a good example, never came out until he got out of the toxic relationship.

Will be interesting to see if he will come out during Dynastys’s run. If it isn’t cancelled first, we’ll see.

I would take a nice long drink from Rafael’s fuente.

Didn’t he play the first victim (of Twisty the clown) on the current season of AHS: Cult? I’m pretty sure it was him. So he’s played a straight character once. That’s the only time I’ve seen him play straight.

[quote]The Venezuelan actor plays Jussie Smollett’s boyfriend on the hit Fox series „Empire.“

Ammm, OP, the actor is not on Empire. He plays Sammy Joe on the new Dynasty. He’s paired opposite James Mackay who plays Steven Carrington.

Was that a joke or something? Before that show he became famous for being on Empire. That is still where he is most known from since far more people watched that than watched this show.

r19 I don’t watch Empire so Dynasty is my first exposure to Rafael De La Fuente.

OP’s comment said he „plays Jussie Smollett’s boyfriend.“ Present tense. That is what I was correcting.

r18, this thread is years old. And its shame that it doesn’t have more replies. Rafa is one hot piece of ass!

What do we know about him, is he gay? He’s sizzling hot in new photo shoot.

That’s Kevin McHale in R1, right? So was that a first hint that he was coming out? Or since RdlF is not out, maybe not? But then he’s with DLB at R17, so who knows?

He might not be out, but it is pretty damn obvious he is gay.

I actually came to one of his selfies on the gram earlier today. Hes so cute.

Love jamming wit ma bro @jameswmackay Full vid on youtube tomorrow if you wanna have a listen?

I think Rafael likes George Shelley (as in finds him hot). Rafa is obviously gay, and so is George. They’d make a cute couple.

He’s terrible on Dynasty. I don’t find him attractive at all, I prefer the guy who plays Steven.

He’s obviously gay. I have no idea why he doesn’t come out. He doesn’t really hide it, he constantly likes pics of shirtless men, even gay porn stars, lol.

He follows Best Of Grindr on Instagram so I think it’s safe to say he’s out even if he’s never officially said it

I’m sure if someone asked him in an interview he’d confirm it.

He’s the reason I watch the otherwise dreadful Dynasty. He’s so gorgeous.

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Empire’s Rafael de la Fuente on Playing a Gay, Minority Character: ‚It’s Necessary and Important‘

„It’s been amazing because we’ve gotten so many … emails from fans that are so grateful that we are giving face to these character,“ says de la Fuente

Empire‘s Rafael de la Fuente loves being on a hit TV show, but he’s even more grateful because of the type of character he’s playing.

As Michael, the boyfriend of middle son Jamal (Jussie Smollett), de la Fuente is playing one of the few gay minority characters currently on television.

“I’m very proud of that,” the actor, 29, says in a video exclusive to PEOPLE from the third annual Platino Awards, which were held in Uruguay in July and celebrates the Ibero-American film industry. “It’s been amazing because we’ve gotten so many tweets and messages on Instagram and emails from fans that are so grateful that we are giving face to these characters and just putting it out there. It’s necessary and important.”

As for what is in store for season 3 of his soapy Fox drama, de la Fuente isn’t allowed to spill any spoilers – but he does promise a good time.

“We have just started shooting season 3, and it’s obviously going to be a lot of drama, cliffhangers, music,” says the native Venezuelan. “It’s Empire, so it’s going to be good.”

De la Fuente adds that returning to set after their summer hiatus has been like coming home.

“My coworkers – my friends I’ve made on the show – they’re amazing,” he says. “It’s such a good set. Everyone is just extremely talented but also really humble, and I just love everyone. It’s been a very nurturing show to be a part of.”

Season 3 of Empire is slated to premiere Sept. 21 on Fox.

Empire's Rafael de la Fuente on Playing a Gay, Minority Character: 'It's Necessary and Important'

DYNASTY’s Rafael de La Fuente Reflects On Being Out and Proud After Conquering His Fears

CW’s Dynasty just wouldn’t be the fun soap it is without the presence and the performance of none other than Rafael de La Fuente who kills it week after week with his work in the role of Sammy Jo.

In a very touching Instagram post on Wednesday from Atlanta, where Dynasty is shot, Rafael shares where he is at in his life (which is an amazing place) after his struggle with coming to terms with being gay, and how it would affect his chances of garnering work in Hollywood.

Rafael shared: “There was a time when I was so incredibly terrified of being gay and the thought of being out was sooo out of the question because I thought if I dared to be honest and open about who I was, I’d never be able to work as an actor or have a healthy love and family life… I’m currently on set of the show that I’ve been starring in (for 3 seasons now wtf), where I play a GAY character while my gorgeous boyfriend is in my trailer doing some work on the computer. Ohh, and we’ll be spending Christmas with my family. Happiness and everything you want is on the other side of fear kids. Be bold, be proud, be you.”

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DYNASTY’s Rafael de La Fuente Reflects On Being Out and Proud After Conquering His Fears

Rafael De La Fuente – Breaking Down Walls

If you’re noticing a rise in temperature from your television screen, there’s a fairly good chance actor Rafael De La Fuente is to blame. Taking on the iconically calculating role of “Sammy Jo” on the newly-rebooted television series Dynasty, Rafael is raising the heat (and the deliciously fun drama), proving to the show’s rich and famous that “Sammy Jo” is here to stay, and is set on leaving a lasting mark. You were born in Caracas, Venezuela. What was it like growing up in that region of the world?

I was born and raised in Venezuela. I lived there up to the age of 19 and then went off to college. It’s a beautiful country in the northern part of South America. It’s the melting pot of cultures and races and just all different types of people from everywhere. I was very lucky to have an amazing, creative, artistic family that supported my artistic endeavours and interests. I loved it.

I always knew that I wanted to have an international experience and I always knew I wanted to come to The States and try to make it happen here. My dad pretty much decided I was going to go to school in the states. I wanted to, as well, so that’s how it happened. We just thought it would open me up to so many more opportunities.

Well first of all, thank you for saying that. I love the show and all the actors. “Sammy Jo” is such a fun and funny character, but he also has a really dark past. He’s the bad boy, but he’s also a survivor. I can’t say too much, but he has a rough past. He messes up, but I think he does have redeeming qualities.

I am definitely focused on creating a modern take on “Sammy Jo,” but I definitely did do some background on the character. I was born in 1986 and I was too young to watch the show, but I remember my mom really loved the show in Venezuela. It was the number one show in Venezuela, so I did go back and watch it. Our show is inspired by the original series and we want to pay homage to it, but we also want it to stand on its own.

Our showrunner Sallie Patrick is brilliant and she has just figured out how to make the show dramatic, but not too campy. It definitely has its over-the-top moments, but it’s still relatable. It’s also really well cast. A wonderful group of actors. And it’s just fun.

Absolutely, I make sure it’s portrayed fairly. The way our character is written and portrayed and the writers, it’s not stereotypical. I’ve been really lucky. Also, being a Latino character, playing characters that are real. I wouldn’t call it pressure, but I would definitely feel a responsibility to play a layered character, real human, multi-dimensional character who’s not just a gay character.

A huge part of “Sammy Jo” is his style. He definitely has a very specific way of dressing. He wears a lot of jewelry and leopard print. I think it’s part of his need to be seen and acknowledged. He is a big, big personality and he’s loud. So, of course the wardrobe is definitely a part of that.

He’s definitely a lot more eccentric than I am. He likes things that I would not perhaps wear, but I have so much fun wearing them on the show. The stuff I have been wearing on the show has opened me up to new possibilities in my own fashion style. I love wearing “Sammy Jo’s” outfits and being able to live that life on-screen.

Well, of course “Alexis” is a pivotal character on Dynasty and I can’t wait to see what the writers have in store for us and what Nicollette is going to bring to the table. I am sure it’s going to be awesome, because she’s definitely a pro at primetime. I’m just really excited. I haven’t read anything, I don’t know anything, but I know she is going to be a force to be reckoned with.

Well I think that the current administration has a very non-empathetic, terrible approach to the whole immigration situation. I, of course, don’t agree with any of it, but I do think the current events have woken people up and brought people together. I think America is so much more than the ways of hate that the current administration has tried to make happen.

Well, you know, when you’re on TV and your job is in front of a camera, so much of it is exposed and out there that it’s hard to keep private stuff private. So, I don’t talk much about my personal life because usually your personal life involves other people and your choice to be a public figure is your choice and the people in your life don’t have to be involved with it.

I try to balance it out as much as I can, but I am pretty authentic on my social media. I don’t try to play a character or have a social media persona. I just post what I’m feeling like posting and hope that it does well. I think there’s a limit to what I share.

The original Dynasty lasted for nine seasons on television. If the viewership interest continues, do you see your series lasting for several years to come?Well, hopefully. I would be happy to employed for nine more years.

1. He was proud to play a gay character

Representation has become the aim of every show that is trying to make it in Hollywood because people are now more than ever ready to fight to be heard and seen. “Empire” is one of the many shows that have gone ahead to include gay characters, and with Rafael playing a gay minority character, he could not have been more proud. He said his joy was to have those who support the LGBTQ community tweeting with positive feedback.

2. His sexuality

Many actors have been assumed to be gay after playing gay characters. People like Sean Penn, Eddie Cibrian, and Eric Stonestreet put on such a good show that some fans speculated they were gay. While these are straight men playing gay characters, Rafael is not. It may have taken him a while before coming out, but the fact that he admitted that he enjoyed being a character in “Empire” and “Dynasty” may have given us a clue. It was, therefore, no surprise when he posted on social media that he was a proud queer man.

3. Why he got the nickname “honorary Australian.”

Rafael confessed to Daily Mail that his friends call him an “honorary Australian” and it is with good reason. First of all, Rafael has had two onscreen boyfriends who are from Australia. Additionally, the actor has loads of friends from the country and has been there at least thrice. He loves Australia so much that not only does he enjoy the condiments, but he also loves Vegemite, can sing the national anthem and recite the Advance Australian Fair.

5. Why being on “When We Rise” meant so much to him

By the time Rafael was cast in “When We Rise,” he was yet to come out of the closet. Nevertheless, he has always loved playing characters that give a voice to the LGBTQ community. He, therefore, felt privileged to be in a movie that is based on real events and which included people who fought for the rights of the LGBTQ community. That experience made him aware of what people had to go through as they fought for equality. Consequently, he has become more empathetic, mainly because he played a person living with AIDS.

9. How he prepared to be on “Empire.”

“Empire” was the first show that Rafael was portraying a gay character, and he felt he needed to prepare for it like he would any other role. Therefore he ensured that he familiarized himself with Danny Strong’s and Lee Daniel’s work. Moreover, since the show centered on the hip-hop community, Rafael made it a point also to know what was expected of him through watching shows like “Hustle and Flow.” He must have impressed Lee Daniels because, by the end of the first season, Lee told Rafael that he had already been written in the second season.

‚I’ve had two Aussie boyfriends on TV‘: Dynasty actor Rafael de la Fuente explains he’s an ‚honorary Australian‘ after locking lips with local actors

Published: 12:02 EDT, 1 May 2018 | Updated: 12:28 EDT, 1 May 2018

Rafael de la Fuente has had the pleasure of sharing smooches with some Australian locals, on screen at least, and he’s developed a love for the land Down Under.

The 31-year-old Dynasty actor tells the Daily Telegraph that his friends call him an ‚honorary Australian‘. 

‚I have a huge group of Aussie friends in LA, I’ve had two Aussie boyfriends on TV, I’ve been to Australia three times,‘ he tells the paper. 

Almost local: Rafael de la Fuente has had the pleasure of locking lips with some Australian locals, on screen at least, and he’s developed a love for the land down under

‚My friends call me an honorary Australian,‘ the soap opera star adds. 

Australian actor James Mackay, 33, plays Rafael’s boyfriend Steven Carrington on the reboot of the classic 1980s soap opera, and the pair share some steamy scenes. 

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Rafael’s love of all things Aussie extends to enjoying the country’s favourite condiments and knowing the words to Advance Australian Fair.

The South American born actor says: ‚I even know the Australian national anthem and I love Vegemite.‘

The hunk is in town the wedding of his Dynasty co-star, Nathalie Kelleyto, who is Australian. 

TV couple: Australian actor James Mackay, 33, plays Rafael’s boyfriend Steven Carrington on the reboot of the classic 1980s soap opera, Dynasty 

She is marrying Sydney bar owner Jordy Burrows, who is behind Bondi Beach bar and eatery The Bucket List. 

Discussing playing a gay character on screen, Rafael tells Candid Magazine that he ensures the performance feels ‚real‘.

‚I make sure it’s portrayed fairly. The way our character is written and portrayed and the writers, it’s not stereotypical,‘ he said. 

Loved up character: Rafael and Aussie actor James share some steamy scenes on the soap 

‚I would definitely feel a responsibility to play a layered character, real human, multi-dimensional character who’s not just a gay character,‘ he added. 

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, the actor lived in South America before going to college in the United States at the age of 19. 

Important responsibility: Discussing playing a gay character on screen, Rafael tells Candid Magazine that he ensures the performance feels ‚real‘

‘Empire’s Rafael de la Fuente on How Playing a Gay Character Opened the Floodgates of Support

With his breakout role on the hit musical drama featuring a gay character, and why he feels it’s so important to have Latino creators working on TV shows with Latino roles.

On playing a gay character

People have been really excited and supportive. There has been an overwhelming wave of love for [my character]. You do get a few haters out there on Twitter, but gay kids send me private messages all the time saying how much they appreciate what we are doing and how they have gathered the courage to come out to their parents or even start a conversation with them because of the show. Family members of gay people have reached out and said, “Thank you for such an honest portrayal of a gay couple.” It’s great to play roles that not only entertain people, but that are also creating change and that have a purpose. Entertaining the audience is awesome, but when you add the fact that we can impact society in a positive way, it makes it so much more rewarding.

Kudos to de la Fuente for his inspirational commentary and bravery. His work on Dynasty is indeed a highlight of the show!

Sigh…ok whatever. Am I supposed to feel better after reading this? He’s a celeb in a gay-friendly celeb world. What is there to be scared of? I guess he now wants to be a spokesperson and model for people coming out. Guess what? There’s many of us who have been Out and Proud for decades. You’re no trailblazer.

I know nothing of this actor’s life, family or circumstances. Finding ones personal peace with self is an ongoing part of the human journey. I applaud Rafael’s progress on his journey.

Steven, did you even read the message? He’s saying he was previously scared, not now… and “what was there to be scared of?” you ask… Mr. De la Fuente spells it out for you: He thought it would hurt his career (which does happen to gay actors) and he had family concerns (we don’t know what his family is like). He’s not saying he’s a trailblazer. He’s offering hope to young people that coming out can be positive, even if it’s scary (“Happiness and fear is on the other side kids,” he writes.) Since you’ve been out and proud for… Read more »

Steven, I think you’re missing the point here. Everyone’s journey is different. He’s not aspiring to be a trailblazer. He’s simply celebrating living in his truth. This is significantly harder for men of color for a multitude of reasons. I can relate to his post and draw inspiration from it and I’m sure others from the communities he represents can as well.

Why the hate. True, but the world isnt always gay friendly even for celebrities. Some people still cant land roles in the industry. He wasnt trying to be original, he was trying to also encourage people by talking about his struggle.

Why can’t we be glad when someone comes out instead of tearing them down? I swear, sometimes there’s more hate from inside our own community than there is from any homophobe. Congratulations Rafael on living your truth. I love you on DYNASTY.

It’s always fantastic to see another positive coming out story, after decades worth of stories citing why you shouldn’t, on pain of rejection, disgust, humiliation, up to and including death. He’s a great actor and such a positive guy. I respect his work and his message.

Love this, and love him! So glad you are happy and in love! Love you on Dynasty!