Heroes star, Thomas Dekker, has come out as gay and married, but not on his own terms.
He said he was outed by the show’s executive producer, Bryan Fuller, as he gave an acceptance speech while accepting the Outfest Achievement Award on July 6.
Dekker took to Instagram and Twitter to explain: ‘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. And 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,’ he wrote.
Thomas Dekker responds to ‘outing’ claims
The cult superhero TV series ran for four seasons between 2006 and 2010.
But during Fuller’s acceptance speech, he said he tried to introduce a gay character into the storyline and Dekker’s agents weren’t having any of it.
The out exec, who is best known for his work on Star Trek, revealed the storyline was forcibly axed after a dispute.
They threatened to pull his character from the show if they went ahead with it, so Dekker’s character was ‘het-washed,’ claimed Fuller.
Dekker played Zach, who was friends with Claire Bennet, played by Hayden Panettiere. Some audiences were surprised when the two suddenly got together in the show.
Watch a fan’s compilation video of their moments together.