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Sean Hayes: 'I Always Felt I Owed the Gay Community an Apology for Coming Out Too Late'

Sean Hayes tells the L.A. Times that early controversy over his Will and Grace character Jack McFarland being "too gay" made him go back into the closet with the media:

HayesI was so young. It made me go back in the closet [with the media] because I was so overwhelmed at 26 or 27. I didn't want the responsibility, I didn't know how to handle the responsibility of speaking for the gay community. I always felt like I owed them a huge apology for coming out too late. Some people in the gay community were very upset with me for not coming out on their terms. They don't stop to think about what's going on in somebody's personal life, and the struggles that they're having. It was all very scary. We got death threats. It was a really rough time for me, but I was also having the time of my life.

Hayes eventually came out publicly in March 2010.

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  1. apologize for being tedious

    Posted by: bobeau | Oct 27, 2013 9:38:14 PM

  2. A. What is Billy's Hollywood Screen Kiss? Although I've been out for a few decades and have had a television for a good deal more, I've never heard of it. I suspect that I am not the only gay person who heard that Sean Hayes was out in it.

    B. Regardless of the fact that Sean Hayes chose not to come out, I suspect that most people did assume that he was gay. As long as someone is not trying to hurt others, when, how, and to whom s/he wants to come out isn't really anybody else's business, IMHO. I'm frankly much more concerned, and pissed, that Elton John, Johnny Weir, and various newspeople are giving de facto support to the homophobic Russians. They all know better, and none of them even have the lame excuse of they need the money.

    Posted by: EdA | Oct 28, 2013 12:50:30 AM

  3. Too much, too little to late to start again with you.

    Posted by: patrick | Oct 28, 2013 10:17:24 AM

  4. I have an inkling most people guessed the truth at the time.

    Posted by: ZutAlors! | Oct 28, 2013 10:34:30 AM

  5. 1. He was closer to 30 when Will and Grace came out.

    2. He has NEVER EVER attacked homophobia or bigots, just constantly attacked the gay community.

    3. He only seems to engage the gay community when he has a show in trouble. He came out when his Broadway show was not going well, and now his show is in trouble and suddenly he reaches out again. Nice timing.

    Posted by: Cam | Oct 28, 2013 10:57:36 AM

  6. I realy like Sean Hayes. I don't care one way or another about his sexual orientation. I am an 83 year old woman and I have never been asked if I was gay or strait. Not because I married and had two sons, but because no one cared and that's how I feel. It's no ones business but your own.

    Posted by: Jean | Nov 9, 2013 8:03:10 PM

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