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May 24th, 2012 at 7:37:24 AM permalink
'Big Bang Theory' Star Jim Parsons is Gay, By the Way

I was under the impression that Jim Parson has been open about his relationships for years. He is not Jesse Tyler Ferguson who practically wears a billboard and is vocal about issues.

In 1953, Sir John Gielgud, recently knighted by the Queen, was arrested and fined £10 with the charge of "persistently and importuning" for gay sex in a public restroom (called "cottaging" in Britain). He was afraid to come to America for years because of what the press might do to him.

Will the public "outing" cease to be a phenomena in your lifetime? It seems to me that the latest high profile "outings" have all been of people most people assumed were gay. Will fascination with celebrities keep "outing" a major event?
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May 24th, 2012 at 7:46:20 AM permalink
Quote: pacomartin

Will the public "outing" cease to be a phenomena in your lifetime? It seems to me that the latest high profile "outings" have all been of people most people assumed were gay. Will fascination with celebrities keep "outing" a major event?

I think celebrity "news" is more important to the media itself than the people reading it.

As such, outings will still be major media events for some time, but more and more ignored by the public.
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May 24th, 2012 at 12:12:18 PM permalink
For a second I thought you meant Sheldon Adelson and I was going to be really surprised. Less surprised now.
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May 24th, 2012 at 1:12:19 PM permalink
Can a gay man play an asexual scientist? :P
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May 24th, 2012 at 6:01:49 PM permalink
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Can a gay man play an asexual scientist? :P



With some exceptions in recent years, notably Ferguson on Modern Family,openly gay actors have on television have usually chosen to play highly aggressive heterosexual predatory men.

Like Dan Butler who played 'Bulldog' Briscoe for 11 years on Frasier. Or Neil Patrick Harris who plays Barney Stinson on "How I met Your Mother".

It seems only recently that gay actors have been playing gay characters. As an asexual leading character, the notion is somewhat unique to television.

Here is a news story from 15 months ago titled Jim Parsons boyfriend called off their wedding because Jim doesn稚 want kids. It seems as if he has been openly gay for a long time.
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May 25th, 2012 at 7:28:22 AM permalink
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It seems only recently that gay actors have been playing gay characters. As an asexual leading character, the notion is somewhat unique to television.



I submit for your consideration Jim J. Bullock who played Monroe on Too Close for Comfort (and was outstanding). As far as I know, his sexuality was never openly addressed on the show. The father may have made insinuations that Monroe was gay, but it has been decades since I last saw it. For those who don't know, the actor is gay.

Ironically, on the Big Bang Theory it is Raj who is suspected of being gay.
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May 26th, 2012 at 8:47:07 AM permalink
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Ironically, on the Big Bang Theory it is Raj who is suspected of being gay.



He is a bit effeminate, on top of doing the "metrosexual" bit. And there was the "Raj and Walowitz ersatz gay marriage" running bit, dating back to the first visit by Leonard's mother.
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May 26th, 2012 at 1:25:46 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

I submit for your consideration Jim J. Bullock who played Monroe on Too Close for Comfort (and was outstanding). As far as I know, his sexuality was never openly addressed on the show. The father may have made insinuations that Monroe was gay, but it has been decades since I last saw it. For those who don't know, the actor is gay.



My point was characters who are openly gay (not insinuated) were all straight (presumably) actors.

  1. TV's first gay character came charging out of the closet in 1972 with the premier of The Corner Bar,(June 1, 1972, ABC) Peter Panama played by Vincent Schiavelli.

  2. Billy Crystal played Jodie Dallas in Soap in 1977
  3. On Bob Newhart show, the character of Craig Plager played by Howard Hesseman was gay. His sexual orientation mentioned only once, in episode "Some of My Best Friends Are...".

    Most openly gay actors were more comfortable playing straight roles. I don't think the character of Monroe counts because his orientation was not explicit.
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May 26th, 2012 at 8:49:17 PM permalink
It surprized me that two Gay men played straight men
on Frasier. Niles and Bulldog.
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It surprized me that two Gay men played straight men on Frasier. Niles and Bulldog.



John Mahoney who plays the father is also gay. He is not political, so he doesn't discuss it much, but he doesn't try to hide the fact.

The Niles character was so over the top, that the whole series seemed like an inside joke.

The inside jokes for the other two characters were only a little more subtle.

The episode Fortysomething (March 31, 1994) was Bulldog's 6th episode, so his character as an overbearing womanizer was well established. Bulldog comes on to Daphne in typical fashion and after he leaves the room she says, "is he gay? It just seems like he's overcompensating..."
This scene was broadcast at the same time that Dan Butler was performing a one man show that he wrote (The Only Thing Worse You Could Have Told Me) about being gay.

In the episode "Out with Dad" (February 10, 2000) An older woman asks Martin out on a date, Martin, finding her unattractive, panics. After a pause he lies and tells her he's gay. That evening Emily brings her gay uncle, Edward, to Frasier's apartment, hoping to set him up with Martin. Martin does not realize that Edward is gay until it is largely too late. Realizing Edward's true sexuality and heightened interest in him, Martin pretends that he and Niles are an item. Niles finds a way out and leaves.

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