In a touching note, Thomas Dekker has come out.
Dekker, 29, took to Twitter on Thursday to reveal to his fans that he is gay. In addition to that, the actor shared that he is also married.
In the note, Dekker mentions that someone tried to out him recently during an acceptance speech. The person Dekker is referring to is Bryan Fuller. During Fuller’s acceptance speech at Outfest last week, the “Hannibal” creator discussed working with a gay actor on “Heroes” whose management didn’t want him to play a gay character.
“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,” Dekker explained.
“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,” he continued.
Dekker went on to write that he’s never lied about his sexuality but that Fuller suggesting he had come out wasn’t true. He hadn’t come out until now. “I simply refuse to be robbed of the glorious joy that belongs to me. To say the words myself. ‘I’m gay’. Those words are a badge of honor that no one can steal,” he said.
The actor explained that sexuality is a deeply personal experience and it takes time to come out. “It is not something anyone should ever be ashamed of and certainly not something anyone should be rushed into,” he said.
He ends the note with a touching statement. Dekker tells his fans to embrace who they are, thanks them for their support and hopes for a future where we can all be free. “Be proud of who you are. No matter how long it takes.”