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'Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles' Thomas Dekker Comes Out as Gay In Essay

Thomas Dekker, best known for his role in the 'Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles', has come out as gay in an emotional essay.

Dekker said he thought it was time to go public after 'Heroes' writer Bryan Fuller made a reference to him at an Outfest event. Fuller talked about a gay actor on the series whose management team didn't want his character to come out because it may impact future casting decisions.

While Fuller didn't name him, Dekker said he didn't want to be part of a guessing game.

"My sexual orientation once again came into question this week when a prominent gay man used an awards acceptance speech to 'out' me. While he did not mention me by name, the explicit details of his reference made it easy for the public and media to connect the dots," he says.

"While it is an odd situation, I thank him because it presents a prime opportunity for me to publicly say that I am indeed a man who proudly loves other men. In fact, this April, I married my husband and I could not be happier."

"I have never lied to the press about the fluidity of my sexuality but this man claiming that I came out is not true," he adds. "Because I have not 'officially' until this moment. I simply refuse to be robbed of the glorious joy that belongs to me. To say the words myself. 'I'm gay.'"

Dekker says "those words are a badge of honor that no one can steal."

"Sexuality and who you love is a deeply personal and complicated thing. For some of us, it takes to cultivate, discover and conclude. It is not something anyone should ever be ashamed of and certainly not something anyone should be rushed into."

As for why it took him so long, he says: "It is a brave, powerful and important thing to do but it is also a deeply personal decision. One that should only be made when you are ready."

"I choose not to look back on the past with a regretful heart but rather focus on the future with a hopeful one. A future where myself and all others can feel free to express their true selves with honor and dignity."

July 14, 2017 |




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