“For me, ever since I was really young, I knew. But it was something that the world told me was bad—so I kept it bottled up in a way, you know?”
– Tanner Pendleton, Torment interview
In the interview, conducted by his close friend Java Fernandez, Pendleton admitted he had known since a young age but kept it bottled up for fear of being disowned by family, friends, and that he’d lose his job.
“He was the first of his peers in snowboarding to have come out. In fact, he may very well be the first male in the snowboard industry to come out.”
– Java Fernandez
Since the article published, he has praised the positive reaction he has received. Pendleton is well-known for his raw and aggressive style of snowboarding films.
Previously, Australian snowboarder Belle Brockhoff was the only openly LGBTQ+ persons in the snowboarding industry. Brockhoff came out prior to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.