Jack Falahee Wants You to Know That He’s Straight

Your favorite gay character on TV just came out… as straight.

Jack Falahee, who plays a gay man in an interracial relationship on How to Get Away with Murder, released a lengthy statement on Tuesday (Nov. 15, 2016) to clear the air about his sexuality. After dodging the questions about his sexual identity about it for some time “in an attempt to try and dismantle the closet,” Falahee said he decided to finally speak openly about his sexual orientation after realizing that his gay friends are now living in fear following the election of Donald Trump as the next president.

“While I’m not gay, on HTGAWM I play a character who’s in an interracial relationship with an HIV positive man. However, in the past I’ve declined to discuss my own sexuality in an attempt to try and dismantle the closet,” he penned. “Ultimately, I think that my stance has been unhelpful in the fight for equality. I feel that I’ve sacrificed my ability to support the community for a more theoretical discussion about sexuality. Now more than ever, I want to offer my support to the community as an ally.”

Falahee’s announcement was met with mixed reactions. While some, including co-star Matt McGorry, applauded the actor for speaking out, others mocked the “coming out” statement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vowing to get more informed now that Mike Pence, the Vice President-elect and a man who believes conversion therapy works because being gay is a choice, Falahee promised to take action and donate to a number of nonprofits that help protect the rights of those in the LGBTQ community.

“We have a VP who doesn’t believe that my friend should have the same rights as me, and that’s scary,” he wrote. “I will certainly mess this one up, but I hope to support the LGBTQ community, as well as other communities jeopardized by this election, to the very best of my ability. This includes giving my time, money and body in support. As allies, I believe we have a duty to stand up to discrimination and hate.”

Read his entire statement — below.

 

 

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