Gay Pop Star On Coming Out: “I Couldn’t Have Become A Real Artist Until I Learned To Accept Myself.”

Growing up in a conservative Jewish household, singer and songwriter Ari Gold was taught that boys should act like stereotypical boys and that gay acts were a sin. This profoundly affected Ari and stayed with him through college, at which point he realized that he could never truly succeed as an artist unless he were honest to himself and others.

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29 COMMENTS

  1. Ari was a beacon for queer men and applaud his courage and perseverance. I discovered his music and coming out almost 20 years ago. Bravo Ari. .
    Personally I believe religion is a curse on humanity. Many jews also believe there are no Jewish alcoholics. There are NO perfect or "normal" families.

  2. Religious people hurting their children … A story that sadly never gets old. Religion is poison and no, the Thora really does not contain all the answers to life. It is sad that people can be made to believe nonsense like that instead of looking at the world how it really is with science and rational thinking.

  3. Actually, he grew up in an ORTHODOX Jewish household. The Orthodox are the old line traditional Jews, and are generally the most homophobic in their beliefs. The two other major wings of Judaism, Conservative and Reform are much more inclusive, performing same-sex marriages, etc; So the Orthodox Jews are politically conservative, and the Conservative Jews are politically liberal.

  4. My father bought me literally the biggest dollhouse in the store when I was 7 and yeah, he is a beautiful soul and yeah, we are still super close and I'm 33 now… Thanks, dad! I love you.

  5. That is very profound. Nowadays that’s still happens, seeing boys playing with dolls and girls playing with action figures. It doesn’t surprise me a bit. But, to each their own, I always say. 🙂

  6. I'm so glad ImFromDriftwood still exists. I remember watching it back in 2010 when I was a young teenager who hadn't yet come out. Now I am open about my sexuality and it is wonderful. I look back on these videos with fondness.

  7. The contradictory garbage so many of us had to deal with while growing up, both straight and gay. Do't play with that doll, here play with this GI Joe. I have old 8mm movies of when I was just shy of 1 year old, my first Christmas. Don't know who the little girl in the film was but she had gotten a complete toy kitchen set including a 1940's looking, top loader barrel style washing machine with a working press ringer, the ones that has a reciprocating spindle in the middle. There was a handle on the side which made the spindle rock back and fourth. I was born with good mechanical skills and was fascinated as to how you turned the crank around and around but the spindle went back and fourth. I was told to stop playing with the girls toys and go play with the boys toys which consisted of a coloring book and a set of Lincoln Logs which was a bit above my skill level at 11 months. Playing with that toy for just a minute is still one of the earliest memories I have. I think I would have gone into mechanics much earlier if they had let me continue to try and figure that toy out. I never openly came out to my parents, although after Dad passed away, I'm pretty sure Mother figured it out when I introduced her to my "room mate" and eventual husband who passed away a year ago (34 years after we met). I miss him so much.

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