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Jim Parsons Says Coming Out Gay Helped His Career

In the film based on Mart Crowley’s play of the same name, a group of gay men gather for a birthday party in New York City. Set in the late 60s, the film explores how societal and internalized homophobia has impacted the men.
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Speaking with UK LGBT glossy Attitude, Parsons said that he can identify with the film’s characters.
“I realized that being gay and growing up around people and in a culture where that wasn’t celebrated – where it was reviled, in many ways – had an impact on me,” Parsons said.
“Happy as I am, I’m still working out the fear I grew up with: that by revealing who I really am, I will somehow lose the love of the people who are important to me.”

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“This story wasn’t a direct reflection of my time, and things have changed rapidly for gay people over the last couple of decades, but even now, there’s that residual [feeling],” he added.
Parsons also talked about his coming out, saying it had made him a better actor.

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Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik with co-star Jim Parsons and his husband Todd Spiewak. (Jason Kempin/Getty)

“To suddenly be part of a large group that has been – and still is – maligned at times with hateful things being said about them by other public figures – there was a sense of happiness and strength for me that I couldn’t have predicted,” Parsons said.
“As soon as it became a story, it made me feel very strong and I think in this day and age it only helped career-wise. I certainly have never felt it hurt my career – at all.”
“It probably even helped me be a better actor. There’s always more layers of yourself you can share,” he said.
Parsons, 47, married longtime boyfriend Todd Spiewak in 2017.

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