Everyone let out a big “Bazinga!” for the actor who plays supreme geek Sheldon Cooper on Big Bang Theory, the top-rated sitcom and out of this world syndicated hit. Today is the day that Jim Parsons finally put the rumor mill to rest and publicly acknowledged that he is gay and in a 10-year relationship. And he did it in the New York Times, so there is no taking it back.
The small moment is buried deep in a profile about Parsons and his return to Broadway in the play Harvey, which Jimmy Stewart made famous in a movie in the ’50s. “Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship,” the story states matter-of-factly. Many believed that he was already as out as Neil Patrick Harris, but that wasn’t the case. A National Enquirer Story from 2010 openly discusses Parson’s relationship to his partner, Todd Spiewak, but Parsons hasn’t talked about his partner or his orientation in the media before and didn’t give any quotes to the tabloid.
In 2010, during the acceptance speech for the first of his two Emmys, he said that he loved Todd, but in a long list of other people he loved including his mother and members of each gender. It wasn’t the sort of on-stage confession that can really be used as a Wikipedia reference to point to his being a friend of Dorothy.
But now it’s over and done with and we can stop the speculating and worrying. It’s a testament to how little it matters in his career that this moment doesn’t come with an “I’m Gay,” splash headline on the cover of a tabloid, but rather squirreled away as nearly inconsequential beneath paragraphs and paragraphs of his other achievements. Still it’s a big day for him to be so open and a great day for the gay community, that finally gets to count another fine actor among its ranks. Now, let’s get back to talking about Broadway. There’s nothing gay about that.
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