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Gaylord nativeâ??s film â??Gay from Gaylordâ?? plays in TCFF

Chris Ryan produced and was the subject of a short film, which played in front of dozens of people at the Inside Out Gallery.

A Gaylord High School graduate had the chance of a lifetime tonight at the Traverse City Film Festival.

Chris Ryan produced and was the subject of a short film, which played in front of dozens of people at the Inside Out Gallery.

The film focuses on Chris' struggle of coming out as gay in high school and how he used that to become a successful standup comedian.

â??It's about my life story so Iâ??m really proud that were in such a reputable film fest like the Traverse City Film Festival,â?? said Ryan.

Chris Ryan along with six of his Michigan State University classmates made a documentary about Chris' life for a school project.

The film is called gay from Gaylord, and focuses on the struggle of being gay in a very small town with little diversity.

â??I had to go through things like bullying issues of self-worth and a lot of suicidal tendencies and then when I got to college and found my voice via standup comedy and my standup comedy career took off,â?? said Ryan. â??I really was able to find my voice, express who I am and find a new level of happiness.â??

That unique journey then became the idea for the documentary, much of which is set in Gaylord as he does standup in his hometown for the first time.

â??It's really helped me have a sense of humor about everything that Iâ??ve gone through,â?? said Ryan. â??The creation of this film documenting all the points of my life has really been such a meta therapeutic process that I never knew I needed and Iâ??ve really been able to get all of that out in this film which is great.â??

And says the response from the majority of people, including from his hometown, has been overwhelmingly positive.

â??So many people have been reaching out to me on Facebook and Twitter just saying â??I wish there was this when I was growing up when I needed that person to start the dialogue to say that gay is okay in my small town so thank you for doing thatâ?? and Iâ??m really happy to start that dialogue,â?? said Ryan.

For more information on Chris Ryan and to watch the documentary, click here.

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