Bear City star Gerald McCullouch dating out NCAA basketball player Derrick Gordon

Gerald McCullouch (L) and Derrick Gordon (R)

E! News reports that Derrick Gordon, the first openly gay NCAA Division One male basketball player, is now dating former CSI / Bear City / Hustling actor Gerald McCullouch.

The two were seen as a couple on the GLAAD Media Awards red carpet this past weekend.

McCullouch, 47, 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 forty-something 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.”

I should add that Gerald is a long-time friend of mine.  He’s a smart and talented guy who was recently awarded “Best Supporting Actor” at the Indie Series Awards for his work on the terrific web-series Hustling.

Gerald’s film Daddy is slated for a 2015 release.

Out UMass basketball player Derrick Gordon: Don’t wait to come out

NCAA basketball player Derrick Gordon recently spoke with Michelangelo Signorile about coming out:

“Don’t wait. Take advantage of everything that you have in front of you.

“Don’t wait because you’re scared. Don’t wait until you’re 35 or 40-years-old and done playing the sport that you love. Because it’s stressful to live that way.

“I cried most of the nights when I was in the closet just because it starts to take a toll on you just because you’re worried about how people are going to think about you and what they’re going to say about you.

“Take advantage of it now. It’s going to make your life so much easier.”

Gordon goes on to say what an inspiration it was to have Jason Collins come out, and what it feels like to finally be out – “ecstatic!”