'Big Bang Theory' Star Jim Parsons Comes Out as Gay

The actor quietly reveals his sexuality when a New York Times profile describes him as "gay and in a 10-year relationship"

He didn't do it with a big bang, but Jim Parsons has come out as a gay man.

The revelation comes in a new profile in The New York Times that matter-of-factly describes the 39-year-old Big Bang Theory star as "gay and in a 10-year relationship."

Parsons' sexuality is mentioned by way of explaining the two-time Emmy winner's motivation to tackle a role in the recent Broadway revival of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, about gay New Yorkers grappling with AIDS in the 1980s.

"The Normal Heart resonated with him on a few levels," Patrick Healy writes in the profile. "Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship, and working with an ensemble again onstage was like nourishment, he said."

And that's pretty much all there is to it. Parsons, who is currently starring in the Broadway comedy Harvey, never directly addresses his sexuality in the piece -- nor does he talk about his private life or divulge the identity of his longtime partner.

Out.com, meanwhile, notes that Parsons "has lived as a gay man in his private life, but in his professional public life he skirted the issue."

Well, Parsons isn't skirting the issue any longer. And that's something his blunt Big Bang alter-ego Sheldon Cooper would certainly appreciate.

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