When he was a teenager, actor Paul Iacono denied he was gay so his father wouldn't pull him out of the Professional Performing Arts school in Manhattan.
Now 23 and the star of the upcoming MTV series Kenzie's Scale, Iacono isn't denying that he's gay to anyone.
'I didn't think I'd be coming out. But why not now?' he says in an interview with Michael Musto of Village Voice. 'I think it's the right time to say something. It's not about me, it's about change and the work.'
Previously one of the stars of MTV's The Hard Times of RJ Berger, Iacono plays a guy who moves to New York City with his high school girlfriend to attend college and ends up coming out as gay.
'They continue living together more as friends than lovers,' he explains. 'It's like a radical young Will & Grace. It explores the sexual spectrum from a millennial, ambiguous generation [point of view]. I believe that in 100 years, none of us will be having to identify ourselves as gay, straight, bi, or otherwise. Sexuality will be a more fluid thing. The show is a progressive outlet of that idea.
Iacono hopes his TV role and personal openness with be an inspiration to gay youth.
'The whole reason we came up with Kenzie's Scale is to give young gays characters to look up to,' he said. 'It's great that we have Chris Colfer, but we need more characters. … I didn't have much to look up to as a kid. I had to search to find like-minded images. I'm happy to be that person so kids won't have to grow up and be afraid of their sexuality and this won't be an issue.'