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mattbomerIt looks like the stigma of being a gay hollywood actor is beginning to fade as another high profile actor has come out publicly as gay.

Matt Bomer is the hunky star of White Collar, a show revolving around a convicted conman who works together with a FBI agent to catch other criminals.

The 34-year-old star opened up about his sexuality during an acceptance speech over the weekend. The Desert AIDS Project (Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards) in Palm Springs bequeathed Bomer with the New Generation Arts & Activism Award for his work in the fight against the disease.

Bomer acknowledged he is gay by thanking his longtime partner – Hollywood publicist Simon Halls – and their three children.

“I’d really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry,” Bomer said during the gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center. “Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment. God bless you.”

Bomer is preparing for a role as a gay journalist who contracts HIV in Ryan Murphy’s film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart.

“My world has really been rocked by doing research for Normal Heart, just in terms of the history of HIV and AIDS,” he said. “And so I’m very proud to receive this award from an organisation that is at the forefront of carrying the torch into a very, very bright future.”

While Bomer was always quiet about his private life, he has publicly supported many gay causes including the Trevor Project and GLSEN. He is also set to star alongside George Clooney, Kevin Bacon and Chris Coffer in the stage show 8, being directed by none other than Milk writer Dustin Lance Black, which centres around the California trial which overturned the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

Bomer is setting a great example in an industry which usually avoids discussing sexuality. His career highlights so far include starring with Justin Timberlake in In Time, his ongoing lead role on White Collar, and a guest spot on Glee. He’ll next be seen alongside Channing Tatum playing a male stripper in Magic Mike.

 

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