Actor JACK FALAHEE has opened up about his sexuality because he realised being ambiguous was “unhelpful in the fight of equality” following the U.S. election.
The How to Get Away with Murder star, who plays gay character Connor Walsh in the crime drama, has declined to discuss his sexuality in past interviews because he wanted to “try and dismantle the closet” gay stars sometimes choose to remain in.
The 27-year-old has now disclosed he is straight in a lengthy statement posted on Twitter in which he described the effect Donald Trump’s win in the U.S. presidential election last week (ends13Nov16) had on his friends in the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community. He also called on his fans to join him in supporting minority groups that may be affected by Trump’s presidency.
“While I’m not gay, on HTGAWM I play a character who’s in an interracial relationship with an HIV positive man,” he wrote. “Opponents to my ambiguous answers to questions surrounding my sexuality argued the importance of visibility. 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.”
He also announced his plans to set up monthly donations to organisations “to help protect the rights of those threatened by the new President Elect” such as LGBTQ groups The Trevor Project, Equality California, reproductive health centers Planned Parenthood, and The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights.
Katy Perry also donated $10,000 (£8,000) to Planned Parenthood following the election as she fears they may have their funding cut by the incoming government.