Television reporter Luis Sandoval comes out as gay during live broadcast
One of Univision’s television reporters came out during a live broadcast after saying how Jamel Myles’ suicide had affected him.
Television presenter Luis Sandoval made the decision to come out as gay whilst appearing on Univision’s morning television show Despierta America.
The reporter made the announcement during the October 11 broadcast after presenting a segment about National Coming Out Day.
Sandoval told viewers that he is happy being gay, and was reported by El Diario as saying: “I am a full person, a respected person. I do not live in the closet, my family knows it.” While fighting back tears, he added that “I have a partner that I am happy with and if I cry it is because this moment is very emotional for me.”
The 34-year-old Mexican reporter, who resides in Los Angeles, said he felt the need to come out after being saddened by the story of nine-year-old Jamel Myles who committed suicide in August.
Discussing how the public response to Myles’ mother had affected him, he said: “Imagine a mother’s pain, losing your nine-year-old son and then I started to see people criticizing the lady, ‘this is your fault, you exposed your son to these things, you deserve it.'”
Talking with co-hosts Karla Martinez and Ismael Cala, Sandoval said his mother Leonila Vallejo had been an inspiration to him and that her support helped him come to terms with his sexuality. Having previously told her about the decision to come out on live TV, he said that she was behind him all the way.
Martinez and Cala both surprised Sandoval by then bringing Vallejo out on stage to publically show her support for him.
Sandoval said he hoped that his story would be an inspiration to others and help future generations in their own coming out. He told the hosts: “I felt that I needed to come to talk with more people who feel trapped, who do not know what is happening to them.”
Since appearing on the daytime television show, Sandoval posted on Instagram to share his appreciation for the public support. He said: “THANK YOU! Thanks to each and every one of you who have been supporting me,” and that “the last 24 hours of my life have been spectacular.”