Glee star Kevin McHale and his boyfriend actor Austin McKenzie have been having a summer of love.
The couple has enjoying the past few months together by taking trips to the beach and to the pool, hanging out at home with their dog, and, most recently, going on a weekend camping trip to the Pacific Northwest to celebrate McKenzie’s 25th birthday.
Over the weekend, McHale posted this photo of himself and McKenzie, along with the caption: “Happy 1/2 way to 50 to the cutest boy in the world.”
The guys, who met and began dating after appearing together in Dustin Lance Black’s miniseries When We Rise last year, shared a few more pics and videos from their camping trip with their followers on Instagram.
McHale came out publicly last May during a Facebook Live interview with Marc Malkin, where he revealed that he never really kept his sexuality a secret; he just didn’t talk about it.
“If somebody was a big fan and following everything I was doing [on social media], like the people I interact with on Twitter on a daily basis, I think there was zero surprise,” he said. “People knew.”
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These photos are so cute I want to vomit. Seriously, they are handsome and I’m glad they’re having fun.
I know they are so cute and squeaky clean! I want to give them milk and cookies. LOL.
“McHale came out publicly last May during a Facebook Live interview with Marc Malkin, where he revealed that he never really kept his sexuality a secret; he just didn’t talk about it. ”
Um….yeah, not talking about it…..that’s basically what “Keeping a secret” is.
I’m perfectly fine with celebs/semi-celebs staying lowkey for however long they wish. As I’ve said before, people being swayed by outside pressures and people trying to hide legit, years long relationships primarily due to shame and trying to maintain at least a somewhat hetero image are the only things that truly bother me when we’re talking about the closet. It’s also about time we stop referring to someone hiding their “sexuality” since we all should know by now that orientation entails a lot of more than sexuality.
My problem isn’t with him “Staying Lowkey”.
What I don’t like is when they try to have it both ways. Staying closeted, then later claiming they were never closeted. Anderson Cooper pulls the same thing.
I can see that. It does seem many pull the “I was never really closeted”. Yet, you’ve had a couple of longterm same-sex relationships that you made sure to keep from the public eye. And you never dissuaded the press from assuming you were straight and/or primarily dating the opposite gender. There is some phoniness to stuff like that. However, McHale’s youth and lack of flatout manipulation gets him a pass.
I will say that Mchale has offered an overall “classy” coming out. Instead of focusing on getting attention, love and sympathy or focusing on the sociologcial identity games, he focused on love and committment and freedom instead.
DCGuy wrote: “not talking about it…..that’s basically what ‘Keeping a secret’ is.”
Er no, keeping a secret is denying knowledge of something or denying the truth. Do you have any evidence that he did either when asked? Do you have any evidence that either he or his agent prevented the press from asking such questions?
Not showing off or talking about something are entirely different. I don’t show off or talk about my degrees or most of my interests and hobbies here on Queerty. Am I keeping them a secret? Hardly, no one has asked and they’ve been irrelevant. Have you talked about your race, grandparents, hair color or taste in decor? No? Were you keeping them a secret? As he’s indicated, his low key social media gave ample clues to anyone who was interested. And to be honest, there simply wasn’t much interest since he wasn’t an A-lister. Or even a B-lister.
Indeed, most straight actors don’t talk about their heterosexuality either. Nor any sexuality, for that matter. Nor do most enjoy talking about whom they’re dating. Most just want their privacy. It’s the gossipy media and nosey fans who do all the talking. So why should LGBT actors be held to a different standard? That, in itself, is a form of homophobia.
I will keep saying that we were denied a great portrayal of a gay boy in Glee by putting Kevin in a straight role using a wheelchair as cover. I knew he was gay from the second scene he was in. Gaydar was just beeping and I had to endure his acting straight. Why don’t you just fill the roles with all gay actors and see just what might happen? Meh..
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