Thomas Dekker Came Out?
Thomas Dekker has come out as gay and the gay internet is applauding him for doing it.
If you don’t recognize Thomas Dekker, he was an actor in projects like Heroes and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Rumors had been flying just a week ago that the 29-year-old actor was gay after a speech was made by executive Bryan Fuller at Outfest. He stated a potential gay character on Heroes was scrapped because the actor was strongly against changing the character’s sexuality.
“The gay character was het-washed after the actor’s management threatened to pull him from the show if [the character] were gay,” as Fuller stated in his speech.
The internet and media pieced together Fuller’s barely hidden details and figured out Dekker was the actor he was talking about.
And now, Dekker himself has come out to affirm what many people have talked about behind his back, to express his offense at Fuller, a gay man in power, for attempting to out him/blame him, and to explain his side of the situation.
“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 said in an Instagram post.
The funny thing is that this isn’t the first time that Thomas Dekker addressed why he left the show and any talk of stopping his character from turning gay.
In fact, Dekker talked about the issue in 2007 on MySpace, yes Myspace.
In the social media post Dekker said:
“I, nor my management have ever had any kind of problem with creating a gay character. To me acting is about being prepared to play all kinds of roles and it is an honor and a challenge to portray ANYTHING that comes my way.”
“What transpired on Heroes is something far more complicated than anyone being “afraid” to make Zach homosexual.”
“The character that I created in the beginning of the show, a process I take very seriously, was based on Zach being an outcast who had a burning love for Claire, a crush that drew him to her and affected every ounce of his self-esteem around her.”
“I created the character that way because it was WRITTEN IN THE ORIGINAL SCRIPT that he was in love with Claire.”
“I was not informed in the beginning of the series, of any planned character arc, because I was told there wasn’t one.”
“What ensued later was a combination of miscommunication, confusion, surprise and last minute decisions, not a knee jerk reaction from me or my team.”
And it seems that history repeats itself as Fuller brought up the situation again at this past Outfest, while blaming Dekker, and then Dekker took to social media to share his side of the story.
But that’s not all that Dekker shared. He also took the time to officially come out as gay, talk about getting married, and the intimacy of someone’s sexuality.
You can check out his post down below.
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. 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. 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". 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 time to cultivate, discover and conclude. It is not something anyone should ever be ashamed of and certainly not something anyone should be rushed into. I agree with many who believe it is an important responsibility for LGBTQ persons with a platform to come out. It has the power to change minds, challenge beliefs and make others feel understood and supported. It can strengthen the progression of our community and help disarm those who discriminate against us. 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. If we are to stand strong in the gay community, our mission should be support, not exclusion; love, not shame. 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. I embrace you, any of you, with open arms, kindness, faith and patience. For all of you who have supported me, before and now, I thank you from the bottom of my fledgling heart. Be proud of who you are. No matter how long it takes.