The Shahs of Sunset star shares his own coming out story.

on Apr 11, 2012 - The Dish0

Reza Farahan
If you've been following Reza Farahan's video rants here or on his YouTube channel, you know the Shahs of Sunset star has a flair for bringing his rapid fire wit to seemingly any topic, from his trademark 'stache to hygiene to Ryan Gosling. But his latest rant explores heavier territory.

"Last night out in NYC a younger gay guy from a small town told me how hard it's been for him. I told him It Gets Better," the Shahs star captions a new clip he's sharing to help young people facing similar situations. As a child, Reza says he often felt like "God made a mistake when he made me." At 21, his mother sat him down and asked if he was gay. "In that moment, I mustered up enough courage to say yes. And she was hysterical," the Shahs of Sunset star reveals. However, after two minutes, Reza says his mother "looked me dead in the eyes and she said, 'You're my son. I love you. I will stick behind you until the day I die and our relationship will never change from this point on.'"

(See what else Reza is ranting about in his Reza Rants clips.)

Now 38 – and one of only a few openly gay Persian men in his community – Reza hopes to pass along that same strength to others. "The only reason I wanted to be on a reality show was to have an impact on someone's life. Someone from the Middle East who's at home thinking no Middle Easterners can live out loud and be themselves, that's not true. Look at me!" Reza says directly into the camera. "Your family won't hate you, and if they do, it's still not a problem. You can still have a life. You can go on and do wonderful things. It gets better. I promise."

4 comments
Terri Clark
Terri Clark

I don't know you or your mother but i love for being you . I also like you because you speak what's on your mine alway' keep up the good work to help others. Also tell your mom she the best . I would love to meet you if i can. B Y The way i am a women .

Anke
Anke

Very touching - thank you for the courage to be on this show!

Stacelync
Stacelync

Go Reza! I love you on the show!

Michday
Michday

I LOVE HIM...AWESOME, FUNNY, CARING, KIND MAN..GOD BLESS YOU