This beloved TV character just came out of the closet

Popular firefighter Darren Ritter of Chicago Fire, played by actor Daniel Kyri, just came out of the closet.

Fans of the long-running procedural drama applauded the move, presented in a subtle but unmistakable way. In a barroom conversation with David Eigenberg’s Lt. Hermann, Ritter happened to mention in passing that he had a boyfriend. Hermann responded by inviting both of them to a barbecue.

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Kyri took to Twitter to celebrate the coming out alongside longtime fans of the show. “Cat is out of the bag,” he tweeted. “Thanks for watching fam.”

Of course, Twitter trolls immediately launched homophobic attacks on the series and the character, though Kyri wouldn’t stand for it. Several days later, he tweeted out: “How someone can say they don’t “agree” with another person’s humanity baffles me. What a moronic concept. That any human being needs your permission or acceptance to BE human.”

Debuting in 2012, Chicago Fire connects with the popular Law & Order franchise, and features several crossover episodes with various titles in the series, as well as with its sister shows Chicago PD and Chicago Med. Daniel Kyri joined the cast in Season 7, and has featured prominently since.