BREAKING: Gay Former Staffer for Bobby Jindal: He Is Defined By The Anti-Gay Company He Keeps
by Andy TowleMay 23, 2012 | 12:59pm
May 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm
He is a natural to play Elwood.
May 23, 2012 at 1:11 pm
Firstly, I love Jim Parsons. Secondly, one would have to be blind, deaf and dumb not know Parsons is gay!
May 23, 2012 at 1:12 pm
Maybe he was never “in” – if he never denied it and lived his life openly does he have to “come out”???
Brian NYC says
May 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm
Didn’t he thank/mention his partner during his first Emmy acceptance speech years ago?
Brian in Texas says
May 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm
Now if only his co-star would come out…
May 23, 2012 at 1:17 pm
Good for him! Like Mike says, was he ever really “in”? We just assumed he was.
May 23, 2012 at 1:18 pm
He gives dorks some hope that they can find a hot man.
David Ehrenstein says
May 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm
Jim Parsons has ALWAYS taken his boyfriend with him to events.
And once you’ve done “Broadway Bares”
how on earth can you be in the closet?
Monsieur V says
May 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm
Brian in Texas, who are you talking about?
May 23, 2012 at 1:41 pm
Are people now expected to hold a press conference and officially announce they are gay… for it to be real?
May 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm
Well, good for him. I know there are people who will say “oh, please, that’s been known for a while” or something. But still, I always like it when actors/actresses/entertainers come out. And hopefully, since Jim Parsons is very talented, we’ll see another nail slammed into the “coming out will hurt their careers” thing.
May 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm
He’s doing a Matt Bomer! It’s a thing. All the kids are doing it these days, didn’t you know?
May 23, 2012 at 1:53 pm
The sad truth is that no matter how openly you live your life, the press will not identify you as gay or lesbian – or even in a same-sex relationship – unless you somehow give the green light for them to do so. It is the biggest double standard left and it totally ticks me off. The media still consider it an insult to call someone gay or lesbian when they have not publicly acknowledged it.
Grover Underwood says
May 23, 2012 at 1:55 pm
Brian in Texas is referring to Johnny Galecki
May 23, 2012 at 1:57 pm
So does that mean Matthew Morrison is gay then?
May 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm
I love you for that
May 23, 2012 at 2:07 pm
This fulfills the mass media’s requirement for a celebrity to be “out”. All the tabloid pictures in the world don’t count because the media can’t print that he’s gay in a newspaper. Now Parsons is out so now they can print it. It was the same way with NPH and it’s why Anderson Cooper is still in the closet. The celebrity has to say the words, or in this case, confirm the fact-check in a legit paper.
Richard L says
Parsons hadn’t actually addressed his sexuality prior to this. While he wasn’t really in the closet, he wasn’t really out of it either. While many see it as a confirmation of assumptions and implied information, it’s always nice to see someone dispel myths and uncertainty.
May 23, 2012 at 2:11 pm
Johnny Galecki has played gay/bi in several roles over the course of his career. He also plays roles, most famously David Healey on Roseanne, who are effette, geeky, non-“masculine,” and could be considered–in any definition of the word, queer.
As much as many of us, this poster included, would love Mr. Galecki to come out as gay, I will have just as much respect for him and his career if he does not. If he chooses to come out, cool. If hes straight, cool. Maybe he’s one of those insidious [sarcastic] bisexuals, cool. His sexuality matters not.
GO, JIM PARSONS! It is those of us who are brave enough to come out, stand up and be counted, and show America who we are that will continue to turn the tide in this country. Perhaps one fewer LGBT kid will kill him/herself tonight because of this casual coming out.
May 23, 2012 at 2:20 pm
Johnny Galecki is straight.
May 23, 2012 at 2:21 pm
First Zachary, then Matt and now Jim.
All three are friends or college friends, right.
Ryan Murphy seems to the current link between them, so I wonder…
So far Matt has taken the biggest risk, since he is the epitome of a leading man, i.e., a “Disney Prince”.
May 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm
This is important because visibility matters, whether we’re talking about your niece, your neighborhood postman, or a sitcom star. Everytime someone comes out, the bubble around those who think they don’t know any gay people shrinks. There may be people in red states who will think twice about their initial kneejerk anti-gay votes when they read that an actor on their favorite show is gay. There may be kids out there who still think they’re alone and that their lives will never get any better, who will have hope because Parsons, a native Texan, seems to have survived his upbringing. Parsons has made a big step with this article and I applaud him for it.
Mike G says
May 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm
He has been for some time now– this is not news.
May 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm
Like every Chuck Lorre property, The Big Bang Theory almost always portrays being gay as a punchline or something the guys always feel they need to deny aggressively at even the slightest provocation. It’s sad that the actors on that show can’t or won’t change Lorre’s attitude.
Henry Holland says
May 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm
Not a shock after the NE piece, but good for him. I love him to bits as Sheldon, plus I think he’s quite sexy. I’m really looking forward to seeing him in Ioneseco’s “Rhinoceros” at UCLA in July. Info:
May 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm
May 23, 2012 at 2:47 pm
Gay folks forget that many straight folks don’t seem to know gay folks and don’t really think about the world of discrimination that gays face. Until people come out and illustrate that being gay is not a strange foreign thing that impacts everyone, many people will continue to live in ignorance, fear, and hatred. I think this is why people get so angry when people who are more or less obviously gay don’t come out and set the record straight (so to speak.) I also think the gay community needs to stop being so naive as to think that being out without coming out is enough. I’m talking to you AC! Like it or not, being out is political–see all the political news generated by marriage, bullying, equality. By staying in the closet, no matter how glassy, people contribute to the problem. I don’t mean you need to have a parade, a simple shrug of the shoulders and acknowledgement would be fine. While I am upbeat about polls about marriage equality and acceptance, in the reality of the election booth, marriage and equality continues to get clobbered. The only way to change society is to be honest and to live out loud. Whispers ain’t gonna cut it.
May 23, 2012 at 3:03 pm
May 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm
Has anyone told Helen Keller? I think she may be the only one still in the dark about this.
Congrats, though. Honestly I thought he was already out.
I just assumed he was out when he thanked his partner at the Emmy’s. But again, it was the Emmys…so only gay people would’ve seen that. LOL
May 23, 2012 at 3:22 pm
@ Brian in Texas: Johnny Galecki is straight, and he once gave a great answer to a very stupid question about rumors that he was gay: “I’ve never really addressed those rumors because I always figured, why defend yourself against something that’s not offensive?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkhYxIPfTuk
are you sure? says
May 23, 2012 at 3:39 pm
I’m surprised to read here that Johnny Galecki is straight.
May 23, 2012 at 3:46 pm
Somewhere, there’s a gay teenager reading about this who watches The Big Bang Theory, is a huge fan of the show, and now feels better about themselves or their ability to come out.
May 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm
May 23, 2012 at 3:59 pm
Just because some housewife in nebraska doesn’t know you’re gay doesn’t mean you’ve “come out” when some publication talks about it. He’s been out for years. You come out to family and friends and maybe colleagues. After that it’s just people learning about you and your life.
May 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm
Uggggahhh, I HATE that guy and his HORRIBLE show. HOW DARE PEOPLE COMPARE IT TO THE IT CROWD!
Cool that he’s gay though, I guess.
May 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm
Gosh… I dunno… that wasn’t a direct quote from him… He may *still* not be out! I rather agree with the posters who have said he’s just been living his life without hiding it and the media has been the one tiptoeing around it.
May 23, 2012 at 4:51 pm
Gay celebrities count on the media tiptoeing around, so no, living your life openly but not saying you are gay does not mean someone is out. That is the glass closet. When Jim thanked his partner at the Emmy’s, there was no way of knowing who he was in Jim’s life, so that doesn’t count either. It’s not like Matt Bomer, who made it clear that he was talking about his partner when he thanked him a few months ago.
May 23, 2012 at 5:00 pm
Galecki is straight and a good supporter too. I’m paraphrasing but he said something to the effect of why would I argue over being called something that is not offensive in the first place.
Ben in Oakland says
May 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm
Vatican newspaper editor accused of smearing rival writer with rumors of gay affair: “The alleged plot has been revealed in a controversial new book that portrays the Vatican as a hotbed of jealousy, intrigue and underhanded factional fighting.”
Nobody hear Brutus screaming, jealous queens.
Read more: http://www.towleroad.com/#ixzz1vjFcVojG
May 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm
Damn spell check!!!!!!!!
Nobody hear but us screaming,vjealous queens.
May 23, 2012 at 7:50 pm
Johnny Galecki is straight… He was banging Kaley Cuoco for years, but they never admitted it until after they broke up.
May 23, 2012 at 7:57 pm
Thank you to the earlier poster for commenting on homophobia in “Big Bang Theory” scripting. There was a line uttered by Christine Baranski about two male characters’ being in an “erstwhile homosexual marriage” where the comment was clearly intended to humiliate and insult the male characters. It amazes me, given some of the people involved in that show, that that line got both written and performed.
Anyway, it’s awesome that Jim Parsons has come out. It is truly meaningful for someone to publicly make an unambiguous statement about being gay or being in a same-sex relationship. I don’t buy this “he never was ‘in'” nonsense: If you **avoid the topic in interviews**, like Sean Hayes did (very carefully, for a long time), and Jim Parsons also did until now, and Anderson Cooper continues to do, you are not out.
Barry Manilow: It’s your turn.
May 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm
He is a really funny guy. I wish him and his boyfriend Todd all kinds of good things. And it is good that he is “officially” out, but is there anyone with a pulse who didn’t know he was gay?
Kyle Michel Sullivan says
May 23, 2012 at 9:47 pm
I thought Jim Parsons asked his boyfriend to marry him after one awards ceremony and that was reported all over the place.
May 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm
Bomer took a lifetime to come out. For some reason the media tabloids, blogs and all reporters left him off the hook when it came to that. He was photographed with his children but there were never questions about his partner. Ever since he became famous, I found out through the comments section but there was never any rumor made by a blogger. There was even a piece about his partner and how he chose to have kids, but there was never mention of Bomer. I still don’t understand why some people like Anderson Cooper get a lot of pressure to come out and others can go about their lives in peace. Maybe it does help to marry someone with influence in the media.
I agree with some people here who believe Parsons was already out. There was no need for him to make an announcement Aiken-style. The problem is that whenever a celebrity comes out, they are immediately regarded as advocates, but that doesn’t mean they want that role.
The point of being casual about this is that they’re implying that being LBGT is not the most important thing about them. It’s certainly relevant, but it’s not what defines them. Some people just want to live their lives and not be considered as a “gay doctor”, “gay news anchor”, “gay musician”. I respect that and we all should.
May 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm
It’s precisely snarky comments such as “is there anyone with a pulse who didn’t know he was gay?” is what bother people.
This thing about the gaydar pisses more people off than you think. You can’t pretend to know what goes on in someone else’s heart and mind. It’s plain rude and offensive, IMO.
Unless you knew him first hand, then you are entitled to make such comment. If you knew him from his show, as I do, then you were making assumptions.
In all honestly, even if his character comes across as flamboyant, to me, I can separate fiction from reality, but apparently some people can’t.
May 23, 2012 at 10:14 pm
I’m surprised that Andy has not made a mention of Queen Latifa’s casual self-outing last weekend at Long Beach Pride.
May 23, 2012 at 11:33 pm
I had no idea he was gay, but I’m glad to know he is.
“Didn’t he thank/mention his partner during his first Emmy acceptance speech years ago?”
@Brian NYC: He thanked his director who is “a wonderful partner” and then said he loves “Mom, Julie, Nathan, Parker, Todd Spiewak, Melissa McNeely….”
I watch a speech like that and have no clue whether someone is gay, straight or bi.
First, “partner” can mean anyone you jointly work, play or deal with in ANY capacity (when Jane Lynch thanked “my wife Lara,” there was no ambiguity). In this case, his partner was a work partner, not his romantic partner. And when he DID mention Todd Spiewak, it was in the middle of a list of names whose various relationships with him (other than the word “mom”) would be completely unidentifiable to me and nearly any other viewer.
I hope that the next time he wins an Emmy, he will be both kissing and thanking “my husband Todd.”
May 24, 2012 at 1:03 am
STRANDED: “Unless you knew him first hand, then you are entitled to make such comment. If you knew him from his show, as I do, then you were making assumptions.”
I think you completely missed the point here. Yes, he never really specifically mentioned that a man was his partner, but a quick search would have given you pages and pages of information. I don’t even watch the show nor am I a fan of his and I knew that he was gay from several links posted on LGBT blogs; awards ceremonies, pictures, etc…
May 24, 2012 at 8:11 am
It’s all about coming out “officially.” And nothing is more “official” than “the newspaper of record.”
There’s been a lot of silly chatter about Parsons “quietly coming out” when the NYT is the World’s Biggest Bullhorn.
This is allabout Media Rituals. That so many of us “knew” or “guessed” that he’s gay is as nothing to the media until he SAYS THE WORDS. And now he has.
Paul C says
May 24, 2012 at 10:48 am
Doesn’t anyone watch G4? Jim said he was gay when he was hosting “Attack of the Show”.
May 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm
Good for him. The more the merrier. Only the kids are missing now.
May 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm
Anderson Cooper????…..crickets churping…
May 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm
I’m more shocked that he’s 39.
May 24, 2012 at 6:31 pm
I hear Brutus screaming “jealous queens”
May 26, 2012 at 1:01 am
Buggery is never acceptable. Perhaps the two of them could find an electric fence somewhere…
June 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm
im upset he is gay i had a crush on him
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