Three more snowboarders have spoken about their sexuality in series of exclusive interviews with Torment. Jill Perkins, Chad Unger, and Kennedi Deck joined snowboarding filmmaker and photographer Tanner Pendleton, who revealed he is gay last week in an interview with the online magazine.
"The narrative in action sports tends to be - 'it's okay to be queer as long as you rip and present as masculine,'" Pendleton tells Out. "The more stories we hear, the closer that moves to 'it's okay to be queer, because it's okay to be queer.' I wanted to share my story to move our community in that direction."
"I felt like if I told snowboarders that I'm gay they would reject me," Unger revealed. "Because of my deafness, I barely fit into the snowboard world as is. Telling them I'm gay wouldn't help so I kept it to myself."
"I think I just found myself meeting the right people at the right time," she explained. "People are pushing throughout the industry for equality, and it's a beautiful thing. We are so lucky to have this little community of, for the most part, open minded people."
"In comparison, coming out to a community of snowboarders doesn't feel as scary as being one of the very few queer people in a redneck high school," she wryly observed. "I'm so grateful to have snowboarding, because it helped me get out of my close-minded small town."