'Big Bang Theory's' Jim Parsons comes out, almost in passing

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Somewhat in passing, in much the same way that Zachary Quinto came out, Jim Parsons, the Emmy-winning star of the television show "The Big Bang Theory," has come out, revealing his sexuality deep into a profile that ran on Wednesday in the New York Times.

The information, was pretty much common knowledge among fans of “The Big Bang Theory.” One had to read many paragraphs into the profile before finding it. Jim Parsons plays Sheldon Cooper on the CBS sitcom.

Zachary Quinto, of rebooted Star Trek fame as well as Heroes, came out in an article in New York magazine in late 2011. He was, at the time, addressing his role the New York stage revival of "Angels in America." Quinto said, "At the same time, as a gay man, it made me feel like there's still so much work to be done, and there's still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed."

Not only was the coming out subtle, as in the case of Jim Parsons, it had further connection to the news about Parsons. In the New York Times profile, the article referred to Parson's work in the play “The Normal Heart.” Just as with "Angels in America," that is a drama about the AIDS epidemic in ‘80s-era New York. The article states, “‘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.” That detail was buried deep in the article, and not addressed further.

Parsons is 39, having been born on March 24, 1973. "The Big Bang Theory" has been running since Sept. 24, 2007. On May 18 2012, Parsons began appearing on Broadway as Elwood P. Dowd in a revival of Harvey.

As with Quinto, it probably won't affect Jim Parsons' work. Also as with fellow CBS sitcom star, Neil Patrick Harris, who continues to successfully play multiple roles, including heterosexual ones, and especially that of Barney the womanizer on the sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.” Neil Patrick Harris came out in 2006.

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