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Gay actor carried bullying scars into adulthood

Tue 14 Jun 2016 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Todd Emmerson The actor who portrayed gay 1970s TV cook and entertainer Peter Hudson in the smash hit play Hudson and Halls Live says he was bullied at school for being gay. Todd Emerson says he only became aware in recent years how much the bullying had impacted on his adult life. "I got bullied for being gay from about the age of 6 or 7," he has told the NZ Herald. He says he didn't know then what his tormentors were talking about. And he says he was sure the teachers at the school he attended, Auckland's private Presbyterian St Kentigern's college, were aware "that kids like me were being victimised but I knew there was no help to be gotten from them." Emerson, who appears in the Westside TV series, says a few years ago he found his confidence dropping so consulted a counselor. "I realised how being badly bullied as a child had really affected who I am as an adult."    

Credit: GayNZ.com Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 14th June 2016 - 12:23pm

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