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Written by Jonathan Riggs & Mike Wood   
Saturday, 01 December 2007

ImageOkay, we admit it. We totally have a sexy Survivor fetish (cough�J.P. Calderon�cough). With our current Survivor: China cover boy, TODD HERZOG, we�ve found a handsome and wholesome role model for gay men who�s not only laugh-out-loud funny but clever, like the fox he is. The tribe has spoken!

INSTINCT: You were 15 when the first Survivor aired. Did you know that you wanted to be on the show even then?
TODD HERZOG: I knew immediately that I wanted to do the show! It was so different than anything I had seen at the time and I knew then that I would be able to express myself while testing everything about me at the same time.

What do you think of the portrayal of gay people on the previous incarnations of Survivor? And on TV in general?
I think that a lot of gay people are portrayed in a very clich� way on TV today. I wanted to show people that you can be yourself and be strong even if you aren�t big or full of muscles! I�m proud of who I am and I want people to know that.

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Who were you role models growing up? Did you have any gay role models?
My mom was a huge role model growing up! She has taught me so much about who I am and how to be proud of what I�ve accomplished. I also looked up to young stars of TV. I knew that if they were able to accomplish their dreams that, someday, so would I. That�s what Survivor is to me. My dream, as cheesy as that may sound!

What was it like growing up Mormon knowing that you were gay?
It was very hard to try to block my feelings out and tell myself that I was just �going through a stage.� I grew up in a very close-minded town that isn�t open to differences in people. I was scared to let people know about me, especially because a lot of people said gay people are going to hell. It took me a long time to realize God loves me for who I am.

ImageHow was your coming out? What was the reaction from your family like?
Coming out was scary but very exciting. It�s like going on a ride, you get really nervous as you go up the big hill but when it�s over you are so pleased with yourself for riding! I knew immediately who loved me for me.

How did your friends and high school classmates take the news?
I had some friends who haven�t spoken to me since. Most of my friends, however, are still at my side stronger and more supportive than ever!

What do you say to people who say you can�t be a Mormom and be gay?
I kind of laugh them off. If they want to judge me and say what God thinks of me they can. Who�s the sinner then? The one who has accepted who he is and is proud of it or the one who is judging him?

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For the complete interview with Survivor's Todd Herzog, pick up a copy of Instinct at your local newsstand today�or order online here!

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written by Imprtnrd on December 05, 2007

Good luck Todd and you are one HOT guy!

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written by Pete Pryfogle on December 05, 2007

Dudes, I use to scan right by Survivor before I caught Todd on the beach with the women. Great Dude and seems like he has a good mind on his shoulders!

...maybe related, or not, but I sure would like to get my head in one of those "faux fur hats (page 67)"

Woof!


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written by Davito on December 05, 2007

Todd Todd Todd.... I seriously cant believe that you are here at this point in your life! Who knew that my only friend, that nerdy seventh grader who put on huge docs and had flowy orange hair would be on the cover on a magazine!!!! haha, i love it... congrats todd, Im really happy for you

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written by meredith74 on December 11, 2007

Todd is the cutest! Love this guy his definitely going places.

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