The Big Bang TheoryÂ star Jim ParsonsÂ came out of the closet today. Well, not really. More like, The New York TimesÂ did a profile on him where at the end they added, as if as an afterthought,
â€śThe Normal Heartâ€ť 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.
So there you go. Jim Parsons is gay, though it sounds as if the most important people in his life were already well aware. And even though this is the first time that his sexual orientation was confirmed for mainstream fans, it’s not like the article’s focus was “BIG BANG THEORY STAR IS GAY!!!” (The TimesÂ is classier than that, anyway.) Details about his personal life are incidental or mentioned only when pertinent to the story… you know, the way they would be for a straight celebrity.
In the same vein, trainer/reality personalityÂ Jillian Michaels‘ big news is that she’s a new mom twice over. Yes, she’s very delighted to announce that she’s adopted a two-year-old, and that her partner Heidi RhoadesÂ also gave birth to a baby on May 3. No headlines shrieking “GAY CELEB ADOPTS BABY!!!” Instead, it’s nothing but goodwill for a woman who’s famous because she’s whipped overweight normal folks into shape on reality TV.
Sure, you still have the high-profile stories where the central focus is on celebrities coming out, because we assumed they were rolling in it when it comes to women, or because we’ve just envisioned them as straight for the past decade. Or because they come out in solidarity with young gay teens who have committed suicide. Those announcements, made with a well-meaning agenda, are still appreciated. But it’s also really awesome when the revelation that you’re gay isn’tÂ trending on Twitter.