Big Bang Theory Star Jim Parsons Comes Out
By Mack Rawden 2012-05-23 13:55:02
Last year, Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons took a Broadway role as Tommy Boatwright, a gay activist, in The Normal Heart. For years prior, the actor’s sexuality was openly speculated about in the media, but he always kept his private life off the record. Now, returning to Broadway, in a revival of Harvey, he’s decided to finally acknowledge the rumors once and for all.
In a new profile in The New York Times, Parsons is identified as a gay man in a “10-year relationship”. No specifics including the identity of his partner were revealed, but it should be enough to put the matter to rest.
Last month, writer Michael Musto for Out revisited his “Glass Closet” article he wrote in 2007. In the piece, he openly praised celebrities like Clay Aiken and Wanda Sykes who had put their sexuality on record, but he also openly chastised celebrities who hadn’t done so including Jim Parsons who he mentioned by name.
When and how to come out is an intensely personal decision. People should be allowed to take that step at their own pace. Clearly, Parsons thought now was the right time; so, Cinema Blend sends out its well-wishes for his bravery. With clear talent and a bright future, what he does in his personal life shouldn’t change his career trajectory, but hopefully, his sexuality can serve as an example to teenagers that it does get better.