Actor Matt Bomer, who stars in the hit series White Collar and will be featured in the upcoming male stripper film Magic Mike, has come out as a gay man this week. Bomer has never really shied away from living his life openly and honestly but he has never actually spoken publicly about his longtime relationship with his partner Simon Halls (who is also the father of Bomer‘s 3 children). Over the weekend, Bomer was honored with an award at the Desert AIDS Project’s Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards and in his acceptance speech, acknowledged his partner and their children … essentially publicly acknowledging his homosexuality :)
Matt Bomer has long kept quiet about his private life. But the White Collar hunk decided to change all that this weekend … While accepting an award at the Desert AIDS Project’s Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards in Palm Springs, Bomer acknowledged that he is gay by giving a special shout-out to his longtime partner, Hollywood publicist Simon Halls, and their three children. “I’d really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry,” Bomer said during the gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center. “Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment. God bless you.” Bomer, who’s preparing for his role as a gay journalist who contracts HIV in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, was honored with the New Generation Arts & Activism Award for his work in the fight against the disease. “My world has really been rocked by doing research for Normal Heart, just in terms of the history of HIV and AIDS,” he said. “And so I’m very proud to receive this award from an organization that is at the forefront of carrying the torch into a very, very bright future.” While he hasn’t come out publicly until now, the 34-year-old actor has publicly supported many gay causes including the Trevor Project and GLSEN. He will also star alongside George Clooney in Dustin Lance Black’s stage show 8, which outlines the California trial which overturned the state’s same-sex marriage ban.
What I love most about Bomer‘s coming out is that he not only handled it on his own terms but he handled himself in the same way he always has … with grace and dignity. I’ve always been impressed with the fact that Matt has truly lived his life openly and honestly without having to resort to theatrics in order to capitalize on his private life. He and Simon have built a happy family over the years and have carried themselves as any loving family would. I’m very happy that Matt has decided to share his private life with the world like this because I honestly feel that the more people who come out as gay, the better we all are as a people. One day there will be no need to hide who we are … I’m convinced we will reach a day when “coming out” is completely unnecessary. Until that day, tho, I am happy to celebrate whenever another person decides to share who they are with the world.
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