Gay-Straight Brother Alliance Wins
BY Trudy Ring
May 10 2010 6:45 PM ET
What’s the biggest challenge now, after having won the race, and will it seem simpler now that you’ve done that?
Dan: I’m not so sure I’ve thought that far ahead. I think I’ve been very short-sighted lately, just focusing on the race. The next step, I have a lot of question marks; I don’t have a lot of answers for them, but hopefully it’ll be a job with a Boston sports franchise for me.
Jordan: I think that whatever happens, both Daniel and I have gained a just little bit more confidence than maybe we had to begin with. I think we were confident in ourselves and the people that we are, but certainly being in this race and competing with the people we competed with has made us believe in ourselves even more. Whatever challenges we do face, I feel confident we’ll be able to conquer them.
What would your advice be to anyone considering becoming a contestant on the race?
Jordan: My advice is to never give up, just keep going for it, and that when you do apply for The Amazing Race, when you send in that audition video just to be yourself. I think a lot of people have the misconception they have to put together these elaborate audition videos where they’re characters rather than themselves, and I think the casting people for The Amazing Race can see right through that, and they want people who are real, who are interesting, who are determined, and who really want this.
You are the first openly gay winner since Chip and Reichen. Do you feel like you’ve helped score some points for gay visibility?
Jordan: I’ve received some fan messages and stuff like that from homosexual men and women who say I’m a positive role model for the gay community hearing that means the world to me. I have never felt that I don’t have opportunities because I’m gay, and I want everyone else to think and believe that as well. It’s just a part of who I am, it doesn’t define who I am, and you can do anything you put your mind to, so I hope people definitely take that away from this experience.