Zach Rance, the straight Big Brother houseguest who helped set a new standard of gay/straight integration in the BB house this summer, told former winner Rachel Reilly it felt “great to be a straight gay icon” in an exit interview after the show’s finale.
Zach became one half of the first gay/straight showmance in the show’s history this summer, forming an intimate bond with gay houseguest Frankie Grande and establishing a post-gay mindset among all the other houseguests.
In an interview with Out this week, Zach opens up about defining his sexuality (and why it doesn’t matter), his continuing friendship with Frankie, and his family’s reaction to the legendary #Zankie showmance.
What have people said to you [about the showmance]?
People have been telling me a lot of stuff. When people bring up Zankie, or Frankie, I talk about him in a good light, and that’s the end of the subject. People aren’t like, “Oh, are you gay? Oh, have you come out? Were you bisexual?” That’s never a topic of discussion. And a lot of people are telling me some of the bad stuff he said about me, but it doesn’t matter to me. I know he’s my friend. We’ve talked a lot since we’ve been out of the house. He’s always going to be my friend no matter what happened in the game. It’s just a game.
Zach, who says he plans to travel to Africa to build schools with Frankie in the future, also spoke about the support from his family:
My whole family loves Frankie. My mom, my dad, my brother, my cousin—they all love Frankie. I feel like I did inspire some straight people to embrace gay people. You can be straight and have a gay best friend. It doesn’t matter. My family’s extremely proud of me because of how I approached that. I didn’t see his sexual orientation at all. That doesn’t define him. As far as the game goes, as far as my relationship with Frankie, my personality, my character—my family is very proud of me.
On “setting the record straight”:
One thing I think that should definitely be on record is that it doesn’t matter if someone’s gay or straight. It doesn’t matter. People don’t need to judge anyone from their sexual orientation, and we need to move on from that. Everyone in the world. It doesn’t matter if you’re gay or straight, it doesn’t matter what you wear, it doesn’t matter what you look like, we’re all people in the world, and we all have feelings. I think that’s the main thing to me. I don’t see Frankie’s sexual orientation at all—it doesn’t define him. He’s a great person. He’s a great human being. He’s extremely smart, he’s extremely funny, and to me that’s all that matters. He’s a very kind person. I just want that to go on record—sexual orientation doesn’t matter, and the whole world needs to move on. That’s just what we need to do.
Check out Zach’s exit interview with Rachel Reilly below:
And for old time’s sake, relive the very best of Zankie below: