SYTYCD winner Benji Schwimmer is gay: comes out discussing his Mormon faith

So You Think You Can Dance season two winner and choreographer Benji Schwimmer is gay, revealing his sexual orientation as part of five and a half hours of interviews with the Mormon Stories Podcast. (Season two finalist Travis Wall came out last year.)

MJ linked to the video and writes, “The video is 2 hours long, but is absolutely riveting. Benji discusses struggling with his sexuality as a devout, practicing Mormon and it is heartbreaking. Once I began watching, I couldn’t stop.”

In this conversation, Benji is hilarious and insightful, and it’s worth a watch; in the first video here, he talks about his experience on the Fox series, and in the second, he discusses coming to terms with being gay and how that his Mormon faith affected that, among other fascinating topics. Watch:

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.