In the 33rd paragraph of a New York Times theater profile of Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, this little sentence appears: “The Normal Heart 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.” It’s stated as a simple fact, nestled among observations of how the actor is playing a part made famous by Jimmy Stewart in the Broadway revival of Harvey. But this afternoon, Us Weekly picked up on that little sentence and brought it to everyone’s attention. And sure enough, within an hour, everyone was blogging, “Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory is gay!”
Now, we’re not really obsessed with the personal lives of the stars of the CBS sitcom (though I did once see Johnny Galecki’s penis … in a play!), but all it took was a touch of Google to realize that, um, Parsons has been quietly out for a while. His engagement to long-term boyfriend Todd Spiewak was even rumored in the National Enquirer a couple of years ago. There are even things like this Tumblr devoted to pics of Jim and Todd.
Then again, things like that Tumblr are the only places we could actually find photos of Todd. Which kind of makes us sad. Galecki is always either by himself or with his co-stars on all the red carpet pics we can find. We get the need for privacy, of course. But we hope, like Michael Musto does in this Out story about the “glass closet,” that eventually, no one feels the need to keep their significant others away from the flashbulbs. And that sentences like “Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship” will be as totally unremarkable as that Times writer originally intended it to be.
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