May 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm EDT | by Phil Reese
‘Big Bang’ actor comes out

Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory, gay news, Washington Blade

Jim Parsons, known best for his role as Sheldon on television's 'Big Bang Theory' has come out of the closet. (Photo by Martin Iturbide via Wikimedia)

Jim Parsons, known for playing the comically automatous genius Sheldon on CBS’s hit series ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ has come out as gay in a New York Times profile showcasing his starring role of Broadway’s revival of ‘Harvey.’

Though rumors have circled around the tall, gangly actor for years — including reports he’d gotten engaged to his long-time boyfriend in 2010 — the actor is only now publicly acknowledging his orientation in the media, in a paragraph mentioning his performance as Tommy Boatwright in last year’s broadway production of Larry Kramer’s ‘The Normal Heart.’

“‘The Normal Heart’ resonated with him on a few levels: Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship, and working with an ensemble again onstage was like nourishment, he said.”


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