Zeke has officially revealed that he’s transgender. In a recent interview, the castaway talks about the moment a contestant outed him on national TV.
Zeke told PEOPLE: “I didn’t want to be the ‘first transgender Survivor star’. I’m not ashamed of being trans, but I didn’t want that to be my story. I just wanted to go out on an adventure and play a great game.”
That all changed, Zeke revealed that someone on this season outed him while filming the April 12 episode (tonight’s episode). Apparently, it was an attempt to make him look “deceitful.”
“I think he hoped others would believe that trans people are fraudulent. What’s great is that nobody bought it. It’s important people see he lost that fight. The message should be clear that hate will always lose.”
Zeke, admitted his confidence was “obliterated” when he went through his transition while in college, he added that he was “afraid to dream” afterward the change. “I realized I need to take on a big challenge to become the man I wanted to be. For some reason, that was Survivor.”
So, why not just tell people about his transition?
“When you tell people you’re trans, you get two reactions: Either they look at you funny and pull back, or they go, ‘Aww, that must be so hard.’ I’m a goofy, fun-loving guy, so neither of those reactions work well for me.”
When Zeke first competed on “Millennials Vs. Gen X”, he was part of a very important moment in another competitor’s life. Bret came out to him.
“I was so touched that Bret would share this experience with me. Coming out on national television is a tremendous feat, and I feel very privileged that Bret chose me to accompany him on this journey. I am so proud of Bret. We’re still drinking buddies. Find us at a gay bar near you.”
Don’t forget to tune into Survivor tonight and even Wednesday night.
Written by Andrea
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