Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

A Happy Loser: When I Walked into a Restaurant and Discovered an Audition for a Weight-Loss Reality Show, I Said, "Sign Me Up"

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

A Happy Loser: When I Walked into a Restaurant and Discovered an Audition for a Weight-Loss Reality Show, I Said, "Sign Me Up"

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During a trip to Memphis, Tenn., last year with some friends from our home city of Allentown, Pa., I encountered the casting directors for the NBC show The Biggest Loser. I discovered them conducting auditions in a restaurant, and when I realized it was for a weight-loss reality show I said, "Sign me up." I immediately told them I was gay and they didn't really care, so I auditioned and they called me back to offer me a spot on the show.

I'm 25, and I have been ready to lose weight since I was 13. But my experience as a contestant on The Biggest Loser involved more than losing 70 pounds; it changed my entire life. I quit smoking. It improved my whole outlook. For me, it was not just about being overweight. It was about not liking myself because of it. I have a great personality, but it wasn't really doing me any good. If you're not happy with yourself, how can anybody else like you?

It sucks being overweight and gay. It often means being lonely. In the gay clubs people would give me dirty looks. And after I was rejected a few times it got hard to talk to people, so I would just stand there. …

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