Mr Blank spoke to YouTube video creator Davey Wavey about his unique coming out story ahead of a documentary, On My Way Out, that grandson Brandon Gross is directing about him.
Mr Blank explained that he had known he was gay since he was five years old. He said he told his family: “I was born and was all my life gay.”
“I told them the whole tragedy of my life and then they understood what happened to me.”
In a previous interview with Out Magazine, Mr Blank explained that when he was young: “To be gay was a crime, and you were condemned to choose either suicide or life in a closet. I decided to live.”
The nonagenarian told his wife Ruth, also 96, the truth about his sexuality decades earlier than his family.
She kept his secret until he was finally ready to tell his two children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild …