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University of Massachusetts Amherst basketball player Derrick Gordon made headlines in April of this year when he came out publicly to his teammates and shared his story with the world, making him the first openly gay man to play college basketball, according to OutSports.
Now 22-year-old Gordon has shared more of his personal life. He appeared at the GLAAD Media Awards on May 3 with his boyfriend Gerald McCullouch, 47, who is familiar to audiences of CSI as well as those who remember him playing a popular daddy character in the movie BearCity.
According to McCullouch—who recently wrapped production on Daddy, his feature directorial debut, which he also stars in—the two first connected via Twitter several years ago after Gordon saw him in BearCity.
"Through the years I've encouraged him to lead an authentic life and tried my best to offer as much objective support as possible," McCullouch told E! Online. "It was a scary time for him, and I tried my best to assure him that self-acceptance wasn't anything to be ashamed of. And I strongly suggested he find a support team at UMass."
Including Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley and Robbie Rogers and Greg Berlanti, his is the third sports-entertainment pairing of a younger athlete with an older actor/director/screenwriter, so could it be seen as something of a growing trend?
Gordon also tweeted out a photo of he and his boyfriend, along with Wilson Cruz (who serves as GLAAD's National Spokesperson and Strategic Giving Officer), writing: "LIVING IT UP!!!! NIGHT WAS A BLAST!!! #Loveislove."
LIVING IT UP!!!! NIGHT WAS A BLAST!!! #Loveislove