Jordan Gavaris, who stars in the twisty sci-fi series Orphan Black, just came out as gay.
The actor plays Felix Dawkins, a gay man (the brother of lead character Sarah Manning) who’s a major presence on the show.
Prodded about his sexuality by Vulture’s E. Alex Jung, Gavaris simply responded, “Oh, I’m gay.”
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The reason he waited until now? Well, nobody bothered to ask him:
“Nobody ever asks me. I’ve never been asked. Like, the whole course of the series.
I guess that’s where I’m at in terms of coming out publicly. I had this position when I started on the show that it shouldn’t matter. And I believe that. I hope that one day, the world gets to a place where you don’t need to politicize your sexuality any more than someone needs to politicize their race — that we can just act and we can exist in this Zeitgeist, telling stories about one another.
And that no one’s afraid, maybe, to come out. But also that no one’s really hyperobsessed with knowing whether or not someone’s gay. That would be an amazing world to live in, where people don’t feel the need to protect themselves and other people don’t feel the need to launch an inquisition.”
Orphan Black‘s fifth and final season is airing now.
This is like Carson Kressley coming out.
I completely understand where he’s coming from. But I also continue to get annoyed with how little these actors acknowledge industry homophobia, the lengths that many go to hide who they are, self-hate, internalized homophobia and general homophobia. They all want to talk about this imaginary world where it doesn’t matter, but they also refuse to talk about why that world is not in existence. It’s especially aggravating since Orphan Black is about LGBT pride.
I have developed somewhat of a crush on him over the years.
As far as him coming out, I never want to dismiss someone’s outing, but that’s one big ass “duh”.
That’s not a surprise. The big surprise was when I found out he wasn’t British.
“I hope that one day, the world gets to a place where you don’t need to politicize your sexuality any more than someone needs to politicize their race…”
I couldn’t agree more.
Good for him! And Queerty, thank you for an article about ANY actor other than Colton Haynes. Again, nothing against Haynes, but there are others out there as this shows.
He said “And that no one’s afraid, maybe, to come out. But also that no one’s really hyperobsessed with knowing whether or not someone’s gay.”
Nobody would BE hyperobsessed in a world without bigotry because lgbt actors wouldn’t go to graet lengths to hide who they are. They would go out in public with the person they are dating or married to just like any other people.
That’s what’s so disappointing about these public figures who say it shouldn’t matter. Of course, it shouldn’t matter. But they don’t want to go into detail about why it does still matter. It’s almost as if they’re directly or indirectly blaming self-accepting, out homos for the problems gay people and gay public figures face.
But as I’ve accepted and acknowledged a long time ago, the entertainment industry doesn’t have much to offer us beyond shallow perspectives and diversions.
Finally, if even an effeminate guy who’s most known for playing a gay character on a pro LGBT series shows some discomfort with acknowledging his homosexuality and talking about homosexual performers in entertainment you know there are clearly still problems.
That’s why I feel bad for people who grow up in the industry in general but particularly ones who grow up to be lgbt. Not only are they frequently taken advantage of, used and discarded, but they’re also taught to manipulate their public image at a very young age and taught that whatever they are is not good enough. They’re surrounded by narcissists, closet cases, fake relationships and fake drama. It can all really fck with your ego and sense of self.
In other news, the Pope comes out as Catholic.
Reminds me of the late Alexis Arquettein that top photo.
I don’t know why, but I feel like I’ve seen this all before. 1) Hide sexuality to become relevant on a popular show 2) Show gets cancelled, so they come out to stay relevant and get more work. 3) Don’t get more work, so they blame coming out and all of a sudden become pro-activist.
In 2017, have we really gotten to the point where we haven’t come out because no one has asked us? Lol
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