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‘CSI’ actor Gerald McCullouch dating UMass basketball star Derrick Gordon

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Derrick Gordon, who became the first openly gay Division I college basketball player, has started dating actor Gerald McCullouch. TMZ first reported the news on Monday, but the two were spotted at the GLAAD media awards in NYC this past weekend.

Gordon, a sophomore for starter for the University of Massachusetts men’s basketball team, came out in April following the team’s second round exit from the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The announcement made history, but most importantly for Gordon, it was a moment that set him free both emotionally and as an athlete. The 22 year old received support from his coach, the university, and teammates and said he was the “happiest” he has been in 22 years of living.

The main reason for that happiness is that he no longer has to hide. Following in the footsteps of Jason Collins and Michael Sam, Gordon became an inspiration and another voice proving that there is a place for openly gay athletes in collegiate and professional sports which is the reason he was honored at the GLAAD media awards as a difference maker.

After the event, he wrote, “22 years old now…4 years ago I wouldn’t have never imagine my life changing so much and being at the GLAAD AWARDS…IM TRULY BLESSED!!!” He also didn’t expect to have a famous actor as his date at the awards. Although a bit older, the 47-year-old McCullouch seemed just as lucky and proud to be by Gordon’s side.

McCullough is known to many for his role as Bobby Dawson on “CSI.” He has also starred in a few gay-themed movies, including “Bear City” and “Bear City 2.” The award-winning actor has also starred in and directed several gay-themed productions. In 2011 he was honored by “Out” magazine as one of the Out 100. Congratulations Gerald McCullough and Derrick Gordon.

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