The first openly gay college basketball player Derrick Gordon has stepped out and publicly showcased his relationship with actor Gerald McCullouch.
Derrick is 22, while Gerald is twice his age at 47.
The couple made their red carpet debut at the 2014 GLAAD Media Awards.
Derrick posted the above photo to twitter with the caption:
“A night that I will never forget and a night that I didn’t want to end…#betrue #loveislove”
They certainly look happy…
Gordon plays as a guard for UMass. He came out publicly via an interview with ESPN back in April.
‘It’s a lot of weight lifted off my shoulders. I can finally breathe now and live life happily,’ he said.
McCullouch tells E! News that they first connected via Twitter a few years ago after Gordon saw McCullouch in the indie film BearCity, about a tight-knit pack of gay friends navigating life and love in New York.
“Through the years I’ve encouraged him to lead an authentic life and tried my best to offer as much objective support as possible,” says the former CSI actor, who recently wrapped production on Daddy, his feature directorial debut, which he also stars in. The film just so happens to be about a fortysomething man who falls for a much younger guy.
“It was a scary time for him,” McCullouch recalls, “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.”
They finally met in person last month and their chemistry was undeniable, says McCullouch.
“There is certainly a spark between Derrick and me,” the actor says. “I’m very proud of him and think he’s an engaging, courageous, and handsome young man.”
Congrats to them.