There’s been a lot of debate on this site surrounding the orientation of actor Matt Bomer: Is he out or closeted? Does he hide his husband, Simon Halls, or happily share the spotlight with him? Does he have a right to keep parts of his private life private?
Well, Bomer took a step forward this weekend when he received the The Desert AIDS Project’s New Generation Arts and Activism Award.
In the above clip, Bomer says: “I’d really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry. Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment.”
Now, we could nitpick and say Bomer doesn’t identify Halls as his significant other—he just rattles him off with the names of his kids, after thanking Diahann Carroll and the people at his table. It’s especially odd to hear Bomer credit Carroll for being the first black woman to have her own prime-time series and say her words of advice “have been profoundly impactful” to him.
Hmm, why’s that, Matt?
And we could say we wish Bomer wasn’t accepting an award for AIDS activism when he still plays games with the press and public. If it was Alan Cumming or Neil Patrick Harris or Denis O’Hare accepting that award, they’d speak about how the AIDS epidemic has affected them as gay men, not just as a caring person or an actor researching a role.
But, as many have pointed out, there’s no law saying Bomer has to announce he’s gay in no uncertain terms. Maybe this kind of non-coming out coming out is the new reality for the 21st century.
Towleroad admits Bomer has lived in a glass closet and this speech doesn’t change that very much. Those of us who know about Bomer and Halls will recognize him as gay celebrity. Those who don’t read gay blogs or catch random mentions in gossip mags can maintain their fantasies about him, whatever they may be.
Source: Towleroad. Photos: USA Network