Need to Know: One Man Army's Jeff Bloovman
By Phillip B. Crook
In what way are you hoping this show addresses those misconceptions?
The experience speaks for itself, but hopefully people who formally believed the stereotypes will come away thinking, Well, he gave a good performance -- maybe gay people aren't so bad.
When did your interest in firearms and martial arts begin?
As far back as I can remember -- I always had an affinity for guns and was raised shooting responsibly. I then took it to the next level by getting certified to instruct and seeking the tutelage of the best in the community. My parents tell me that as a kid every Lincoln Log I had in my hand was a gun. They enrolled me in martial arts when I was seven or eight. But I'm by no means a master. I'm more a jack of many trades.
When did you get your first gun?
When I was eight I sat my parents down and had them sign a dated contract that when I was 12 I could have my first handgun. I put it in my drawer and when I was 12 my father fulfilled his obligation. Naturally, it was kept in a locked area but that gun was my responsibility to clean and keep in fully operational order. That's one of the great American pastimes: shooting and raising kids around guns in a responsible manner. It teaches personal responsibility. There's no margin for error so it gives kids discipline.
How did your parents react when you came out?
My family is extremely supportive, and I was really blessed with that. They love me for who I am and couldn't have been better about it. But I want to say, for people who didn't have that support, that must be really, really hard. A lot of gay teens are ousted from their families and that's terribly upsetting to me. It's sadistic in my opinion to do that to someone. You are born the way you are. There's no choice.
Do you take guys out shooting on a date?
Actually, yes. The person I'm in a relationship with now I took to the range on our first date. We had a great time. It was his idea and he has subsequently become a damn-good shooter. It makes me feel good.
Lastly, what are you going to do with your $10,000 prize money?
Unless something changes, that's going to be paying for my nursing school. I'm in EMT school now, and I'm getting my science prerequisites done for nursing because my degree is in criminology and creative writing.
One Many Army airs on Discovery Channel at 10pm ET. For more info on the show, click here.