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Actor Matt Bomer, soon to appear in The Normal Heart, comes out

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At Towleroad, Andy Towle notes that USA Network’s White Collar actor Matt Bomer, “who has up till now lived in a glass closet (most industry people knew) regarding his sexuality, made it public at an awards ceremony and in a magazine article last week.”

Presented with the New Generation Arts and Activism Award from the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards on Feb. 11, he thanked his partner, Simon Halls, as well as his children:

And I’d really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry. Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment.

In his speech, Bomer noted specifically the research he’s done in the lead-up to playing Felix Turner, a gay New York Times reporter, in the Ryan Murphy-directed film version of Larry Kramer‘s play, The Normal Heart, about the early years of AIDS activism in New York City.

Towleroad also notes that Bomer’s sexual orientation — by way of mention of Halls — was addressed in print in OK! Magazine a week earlier.

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