Matt Bomer comes out while receiving humanitarian award
February 14th, 2012
11:47 AM ET

Matt Bomer comes out while receiving humanitarian award

"White Collar" star Matt Bomer seemed to slip in an acknowledgement of his sexual orientation in an acceptance speech for a humanitarian award over the weekend, but it didn't go unnoticed by the public.

According to People magazine, the 34-year-old actor was honored with the New Generation Arts and Activism Award at Sunday's Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards ceremony because of  his work to combat HIV/AIDS. A program for the event notes that the actor has used "his celebrity to benefit causes including HIV/AIDS."

The actor will portray a gay activist attempting to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in the early '80s in the upcoming film "The Normal Heart," and he said at the ceremony that his eyes have been opened to the early days of the HIV/AIDS fight because of the research he's conducted.

While accepting the award, Bomer also said he "especially" wanted to thank "my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry. Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment."

Bomer's been photographed with kids before, and People magazine identifies the "Simon" mentioned as his partner, publicist Simon Halls. Bomer's reveal wasn't overt, but some have congratulated the actor for acknowledging his sexuality, which has been the subject of gossip in the industry.

"GLAAD thanks Bomer for his continuing contributions to LGBT media and wishes he and his family the best," the organization said in a blog post about his speech.

Author Anne Rice also offered her congrats, and TV Guide's Damian Holbrook did the same. "I feel like there should have been some sort of Twitter celebration for Matt Bomer's coming out," he wrote Monday. "Maybe a #GoodForYouMattBomeror something?"

Bomer, meanwhile, has been unfazed by the media's focus on his sexuality.

In a previous interview with Details, Bomer said the chatter doesn't bother him, as he's "completely happy and fulfilled in my personal life."


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    August 25, 2012 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Whitney

    Yes, I love you even more now than I did before, Matt Bomer!!! A Humanitarian! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE...you hear that, haters? Love this wonderful man.

    March 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Teri

    Congratulations, Matt, on your Steve Chase Humanitarian Award. A generous man who volunteers his time and effort to things that matters to him and benefits the world. I love you even more <3

    March 2, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Nicole Kidman

    He's a beautiful human being inside out. Kudos and my best wishes to him!

    February 18, 2012 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  5. aj

    Please get me a bag, I'm going to puke.

    February 16, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Celina

    Umm, he's been "out" since before White Collar went to air. I would even go so far to say he was never "in the closet". who does your reporting, some 60yr old Murder She Wrote fan?

    February 16, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  7. SKY

    SO MANY STARS WITH PEOPLE THEY DO NOT WANT TO BE WITH...SO AFRAID TO COME OUT
    THEY HIDE WHAT THEY ARE, ONE THING TO LOOK FOR IS SOMEONE WHO ALWAYS WANTS
    FEMALE COMPANIONS OR MALE COMPANIONSHIP ....THEY CAN'T STAY IN A RELATIONSHIP
    YOU SEE WHEN A PERSON IS RICH, THEY DO EVERYTHING THEIR MONEY CAN BUY, AND THEY
    TRY EVERYTHING.....SANCTIFICATION , IN THE BOX NOT KNOWING HOW TO COME OUT.....
    GIRL, MAN ON SHOULDER JUST A FRONT......PEOPLE "ACTOR AND ACTRESS THEY DO IT ALL
    BELIEVE ME THEY DO IT ALL!

    February 16, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. SKY

    FACT; THEY GET THESE MEN WHO LOOK LIKE MODEL, A MAN EVERY WOMEN WOULD
    WANT, PUT THEM IN A SUIT AND MAKE THEM ACT LIKE THE PERFECT, MAN AND
    OH SO SO PRETTY-–MANY ARE STILL HIDING WHAT THEY ARE-TO AFRAID
    TO COME OUT.....BUT ALL THINGS DONE IN THE DARK WILL SOON COME TO THE LIGHT!

    February 16, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cindy

    He is a gorgeous man; gay, straight, or whatever.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. wayne

    What a wonderful role model for young people he is... Thank you Matt

    February 15, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. GG

    I am proud of Matt for being able to show his thanks to his family and to name their names just like every other person accepting an award would do, gay or straight. So first off no ones shoving anything down anyones throats, all he did was mention the members of his family, yes he came out in that process but no he didn't go screaming anything out. Everyone needs to just take it as it is, he thanked his family, both kids and partner just like every other American would do if they won an award.

    February 15, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gremlinus

    We'll know we hit the "equality point" when a person can thank their family for support without it becoming a news story.

    February 15, 2012 at 2:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. Eri

    Congratulation on winning the award. :) *looks at some of the comments* tsk..tsk..

    February 15, 2012 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bleh

    Sad thing about gay bashing (like racism) is it's inherited. I'm willing to guess every person who despises gay people has a parent that beat that notion into their head on more than one occasion. And EVEN THOUGH it might be a good read, the bible argument is BS (considering the "good book" is FICTION that gets revised every few years).

    Cold hard facts – 1. Gay people exist and want the same rights you take for granted, 2. Gay people care about their children every bit as much as you do (but don't try to stuff that whole "Gay=antichrist" notion in their lil noggins) 3. Gay people HAVE NO F^%&ING "agenda." (wanting equal rights does not denote an agenda) 4. No matter how secretly you want it to happen, gay people aren't going to break into your house and forcibly touch your dick.

    ....this stupid crap about gay people being the bane of society has to f*&ing stop.

    February 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. P-Man

    There's so much hate on here! I guess the Tea Party has nowhere else to spout off these days. Put on your white hoods and run along.

    February 14, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  16. kate

    Doh!!! My sister is going to be sooooo disappointed!

    February 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Terry G

    Since when is it news that some gay guy comes out? Its clear where CNN is going.

    February 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  18. gah

    he's now my second favorite handsome man who only plays a straight on TV (Neil Patrick Harris being my first)

    February 14, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Argle Bargle

    It's so wonderfully funny to see the bigots and ignoramuses come out of the woodwork when something like this happens. It's like they're being personally attacked (or spurned). They act like it matters and we should all be outraged...as they go about their own sin-filled lives.

    February 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  20. St paul

    I h ate gays they go to hell

    February 14, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  21. JC

    Geeeesh, I am so tired of hearing about gay anything. I have had it so jammed down my throat that I don't care about it as an issue at all anymore

    February 14, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Bookenz

    It's why I quit watching his show. He's just not convincing as a straight actor – no chemistry with any of the females.

    February 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  23. scott

    pussification of america

    February 14, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Nicole

    Good for him! He seems like a very nice guy.

    February 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  25. John B

    Good for him. I hope he is happy. Ignore the hate filled and live your life to it's fullest.

    February 14, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Stern

    Yet, another person admits to having psychological disorders of wanting to sodomize another male while the media glorifies it as if it is some big news. Who cares?

    February 14, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel

      hey moron... ya wanna know how many STRAIGHT guys like their women to take it up the rear?? Yeah... just go rent some porn and you'll quickly find out your pathetic, idiotic, stupid rants about "sodomy" are so ignorant and hypocritical... oh what am I saying... ignorant and hypocritical describes MOST of the U.S. public.

      February 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Yeah It's Me

    "MASTRODAMUS

    If he wanted it to be kept out of the media he should have not mentioned it. He made it everyones business. Now is the time to boycott all movies and television shows he's involved with"

    Really? Are you going to boycott JCPenney's and Starbuck's too???

    February 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  28. D Rufus Onfyre

    I believe Bomer acknowledged his being gay when he appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen on Bravo several months ago. My only problem with him is that he's taken. This man is smoking hot and seems like a genuinely good person and a loving dad. The gay community could use more positive role models like Matt.

    February 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Damian

    Good for him.........good looking guy.

    February 14, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Larry David

    That's just precious.

    February 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Pete

    WHO CARES? In this day and age this is really suppose to be news? If we didn't make it into such a stupid big deal it might be easier for everyone to just GET OVER IT!

    February 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  32. ann west

    👎 🍊 Famous Implies everyone knows who you are....🍓

    February 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Susan

    I think it's a waste that a good looking person turns out not to like women, what has this world come to??

    February 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      A waste? Thats a typical response form a woman. Puleeze....he will be anything but a "waste". So climb back onto your barstool at the end of that lonely bar and drink yourself into a single womans loney coma!

      February 14, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeah It's Me

      Weird. So only good looking people like women?

      February 14, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • MH

      Why is it a waste when you clearly don't have a chance?

      February 17, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Walt FL

    Matt,
    Congratulations for the family you have put together to make you happy and to make them happy.
    Other than that.... everything else is BS between religious and political groups.
    Be happy and make your family happy.

    February 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  35. C

    I'm confused, how did he and his male partner have kids?

    February 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  36. NewsJnky

    OMGish – you people are unreal. It's not like Bomer ask to be gay. As Lady Gaga says "their born this way'. I would never have guessed it. I watch White Collar for its content, not to interpret whether they are gay or not. I don'tsurf the net looking for this kind of info.

    In earlier posts they say that he has been with his partner for 10 years and has 3 children. Well, good for them. That is more than most staight couples can say. Enjoy the show and its character and forget about it. PS – most cable shows are better than those on the big 4 networks.

    February 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Leaf on the Wind

    Good for Matt, but I'll be glad when no one needs to "come out." It just shouldn't matter.

    February 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Pete

    Does anyone really care about this except the "unbias" media. Report something of interests,didn't read the article just tired of the redundancy of the media, poor Whitney died and they dissect or 20 of them run down the street trying to take pictures of a Hearst, glad we have remotes now I can switch to cartoons or watch paint dry, much more entertaining

    February 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yeah It's Me

      A Hearst? Like in Patty Hearst. Or are you talking about one of them funeral cars????

      But really....if you don't care then why are you here?

      February 14, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Kimberly

    Well I for one and glad he is gay! I am sick of seeing these HOT HOT guys linked up with hot women! lol, now I dont have to hate on the super model on his arm. :) I wish Anderson would now admit HE is gay, and bring his man out on stage with him when he wins an award!

    February 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  40. mikem

    Another pervert.

    February 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Lizzy10

    Too bad he's in a relationship, the Yenta in me would love to see him with Zachary Quinto. Now that would be a really good looking couple.

    February 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  42. jweller

    I kind of like the idea of not wearing your gayness on your sleeve but just treating it as a matter of fact by saying "I'd like to thank my [insert name here]" without the need to elaborate.

    February 14, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Agreed. It will be nice when we finally get to the day when it just doesn't matter. Love whomever you will, marry whomever you love.

      February 14, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Ingrid

    His kids. Royt. Another poofter stealing children's birthright to have a normal family with a mother and father. Puke.

    February 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaf on the Wind

      Puke is what I do when hateful people like you pass your ignorant judgement on others. What's "a normal life" these days? I know quite a few kids who grew up with one mom and one dad and are just as screwed up as those raised by single or same gender parents. Is it "normal" to be raised by two people who argue all the time and seem to seriously dislike each other? Would that be better for a child than a loving gay couple? I don't think so.

      February 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • P.J.

      You're right Ingrid. Those children belong with proper parents. Like Casey Anthony and Josh Powell.

      February 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  44. tdub

    I though Diana was the gay one.

    February 14, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  45. strawberry goodness

    MOOOOOOOO IM A COOOOOOW ! MOOOOOOO !

    February 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Benjamin

    Ridiculous.

    February 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Ingrid

    Next.

    February 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  48. drwhoo

    CNN clearly pushing an LGBT agenda.

    February 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  49. syed ahmed

    i belived these days no body care care you like man or woman ,do what you like ,no body fedding you why you care about it stay positive and active don,t care the world ( to many mouth and to many talk )

    February 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  50. WOW

    Are there any straight actors in Hollywood? How annoying when the show portrays this James Bond type but He is more Janine.................

    February 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      Why do you care?

      February 14, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • get real

      Don't like gay actors playing "manly" roles, you are in trouble then. Then you need to stop watching Vamp Diaries, Hawaii 50, How I Met Mom, etc, and for god sake do not go and see virtually any new action movie...

      February 16, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  51. Shane

    @whybebarrased-What's wrong ethically and naturally is YOU! Comparing gay people to "crazies" and "child molesters" on proves your level of ignorance and plain ol' stupidity. Do everyone a favor and keep your pie hole shut.

    February 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Marny

    Almost everyone in my neighborhood is in a second marriage or going through a divorce.David and Josh have been here eight years,they've been a couple since grad school thirty years.What are we "straight"folks doing wrong?

    February 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  53. sdgman

    And let the ignorant, hateful bigoted comments begin... NOW.

    February 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  54. David M

    So you came out of the closet. What do you want, a medal or a chest to pin it on?

    February 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Someone who would never have a chance at Matt

      I don't Know if he wants a medal pinned on it,but have you seen hi chest?It's magnificent!

      February 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  55. m

    Okay, what's your problem? It doesn't matter if he's gay or not. And obviously he's a good man so lay off him. I don't care if he's gay or not, I think he's a good guy and it doesn't matter. Seriously, grow up.

    February 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  56. m

    Wow! I never knew he did charity work... what a great guy! :)

    February 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Valentines Day

    A gay holiday,I love it.

    February 14, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Poolchick

    Dang! Another good looking guy playing on the wrong side. lol

    February 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Jason

    Who didn't know this? This is old news! Congratulations, CNN, you are 2 years behind on your breaking stories. You realize that Wikipedia actually does have a lot of factual information, right?

    Next thing you know, we'll see a story about Ellen Degeneres being gay!

    February 14, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Dan_In_SanDiego

    Love your work in Texas Chainsaw Masacre! ...And of course "White Collar". You're an inspirational huMAN! Happy Valentine's Day!

    February 14, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  61. AmyT.

    Just found out that my nephew whom I raised is gay.When I think back I know there were signs I guess I was just in denial.He's a loving good hearted person and I love him with all my heart,he told me he's happy.As a parent that's all you want.

    February 14, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • m

      Exactly! It REALLY doesn't matter... As long as they're happy and they're healthy, as long as you're a good person, it DOESN'T MATTER. And it's not like he chose to be that way, so it's just fine. My problem with the Catholic Church...

      February 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  62. plush

    wait, he has 3 sons, I guess at some point he like to stick his d*ck in the right place.

    February 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Jesus C.

    Did you get your invitation to the WH funeral?

    February 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  64. duckmanbill

    Put your bomer away. It's not big and it's not clever

    February 14, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Duane

    Never heard of this guy.

    February 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  66. craig

    Í like bi girls!

    February 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  67. A

    You bigots make me sick. It's not just about protecting religion or "families...." it's about your need to constantly bash people. I bet you have a lot of closeted stories, then.

    Gay people are people too. Just like Blacks are people, and Asians, and Jews, and Muslims. We are all people. But hey...if you want to remain some bigoted white "Christian" your whole life and not be nice, then fine. You can deal with that someday. Last time I checked, thou shall not judge.

    February 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Ok. I am not judging and I certainly don't care who he sleeps with. I don't care that he is gay. If he is happy great. I don't feel the need to talk about every woman I have slept with. Nobody cares. The media and the gay community are the ones making it an issue. Its a matter of divide an conquer by the main stream media.

      February 14, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • haink Smith

      The "Bigots" who are bashing gays are Black, Asian, Jew, Muslim, etc....
      Not just "White Christians"

      February 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      "Thou shall not judge." LOL... Why is it that's the only scripture people know and constantly incorrectly apply it? :-)

      Without getting into the question of whether or not hom-se-uality is wrong, I question why anyone would want to be applauded by bis-xuals and transg-ndered people. Those are obviously acts which deviate from normalcy and nature. So why would a hom-s-xual want to align himself/herself with a deviant movement?

      February 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Caitlin

    This kinda does make me wonder if his character on Glee will be gay. His on-screen brother is gay (Matt's going to play the older brother of Blaine Anderson in episode 3×15).

    February 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Richard Fore

    Ill bet he wishes he could lick his balls like I can.

    February 14, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  70. just me

    It's a shame that good-looking men are gay. Can't find the right woman to take care of their needs?..Watched the show and would not have guessed it! GUESS WHY THEY CALL IT "ACTING."

    February 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Hahaha!

    It's a pretty well-known, psycological theory that people who f@g-bash are often g@y themselves and just don't know how to deal with it. You only hate people for the things they remind you about yourself, so bash on fool, bash on...

    February 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  72. TrollDar

    Troll Alert!! Troll Alert!! Nice, 4sshole.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Jay

    Can't wait to see him as Blaine's (Darrne Criss's) brother on glee. And good on Matt. We need more brave (closeted) celebrities to come out.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Chris

    How proud he must be that the trans-gendered and bis-xual world is celebrating him.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Guest

    If he wants a peener in his poohole thats his business

    (PS.Bruce Willis-totally not gay)

    February 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  76. N@TuRn3r

    I'm more surprised when I find out an actor is NOT gay.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  77. AJ

    I'm gagging.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      You're doing it wrong, then...

      February 14, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • FoxyCowboy

      AJ......
      If you want to stop gaging then take is "junk" out of your mouth or learn how to take it like a Man...
      You should consider yourself lucky to be gaging...

      February 14, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • m

      Aaand yet the world goes on... What's it to you? He didn't choose to be that way, he's a good dad, and he's a good man. Lay off him.

      February 14, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Mitch

    Congrats Matt and thank you from the community/family! Not that we all did not know.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Jasmine

    He is a great actor and very beautiful also. I think that is it great that he got this wonderful award. His fans support him. He is brilliant in White Collar. He is charming and I am sure he will continue to have a great career, both in movie and on TV.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  80. jen

    It doesn't matter to me if he's gay or straight,he's the coolest most s@xy guy on tv and not a bad dresser I might add.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Michael

    This news story is so g4y....

    February 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  82. jonny

    Good for you Matt.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  83. emily

    Does that mean he is lesbean?

    February 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Linida

    Awww...so good of you to COME OUT this way!!!!! See, it wasn't that hard was it? Now you dont' have to hide behind the manufactured bitterness to cover your gay way! Go you!

    February 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Patti

    I've never heard of him, but his picture sure caught my eyes! He's a handsome guy, and very jelous of the guy who scoops him up! :(

    February 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Pam

    Sad :(

    February 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Alex

    Gay or straight...He's a charismatic, charming, and studly man...

    February 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Rufoscoe

    As long as the guy is happy, that's all that matters. The thing that matters to the media is "Is he gay or is he straight", and the more that public figures come out, the less of an issue it will become. Look at NPH and Zachary Quinto, Ellen DeGeneris, Wanda Sykes and Jodie Foster. Let them be who they are, do what they do and stay out of their bedrooms.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Dave, CA

    Bobby: "I hear ya bud...a bit mean spirited...but I hear ya"

    Translation- I'mNOTGAY! I'mNOTGAY! I'mNOTGAY! I'mNOTGAY! I'mNOTGAY! Why won't anyone believe me!?!?!

    February 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  90. opinionguru

    wow ... Another 'celebrity' comes out .... and this passes for news on CNN? Pardon us if we are underwhelmed. CNN, the E! Network of news.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Madchadley

    Why is this a story?

    February 14, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  92. jellylee2020

    That's news? I knew that he was gay when I saw him on the first scene of episode 1 of White Collar. But then again since I'm gay too so my gaydar was attuned.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • schmitty

      I know, the same here. Damn if he ain't hot. He can do me any day.

      February 14, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  93. LC

    CNN's Gay Is The New Normal Agenda – Anderson, LZ, Don Lemon...quit trying to shove this stuff down our throats and give us some REAL news.

    February 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Chris

    This wasn't a secret. Matt never hid the fact he was gay. He just didn't broadcast it to the world. Big difference. The idea that he "came out" is silly. He was never "in"

    February 14, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJ

      Well put, Chris. He's always preferred his private life to be just that – private. Still, this was a very classy speech, and a wonderful shout-out to his family.

      Now of only some NEWS organization would pay as much attention to the work he did to achieve the humanitarian award as they do to the "gay" headline!

      February 14, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  95. lola

    Thanks CNN for this article, that's the way all medias should have treated this information. Matt we love you so much, thank you for this wonderful speech !

    February 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  96. anonymous

    I would think that in this day and age, it should no longer be about whether someone is "out" or straight. I mean, get over it already people. Love who you love, no matter who you love. Peace!

    February 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  97. caligirl

    Ah man, say it isn't so :-( I won't be tuning into that show anymore. Very disappointing that another handsome man passed over to the dark side

    February 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rodney in Dallas

      Really, are you that shallow of a person? Your from California so your mostly likely shallow anyway. You see how I did that stereotype thing just like you did?

      February 14, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troops

      Wow! One super stupid reason to turn the channel. Back in the 80's my dad would turn the tv off if a black person was on it. But he eventually removed his head from his ass and realized he was being a F'n retard. Perhaps some day you to will grow up.

      February 14, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      This coming from someone with an avatar of "callgirl"...

      February 14, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  98. bobby

    i don't know who this person is.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Bobby

    I hear ya bud...a bit mean spirited...but I hear ya.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Rodney in Dallas

    You have been reported to CNN for violation of Terms of Service.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Kat

    Matt didn't just come out, he's been out for a long time. He and his partner have been together for 10 years and have 3 children.

    I'm sure the USA Network might have asked him to downplay his personal life, but as far as I've known he's never been in the closet.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I can assure you that USA Network did no such thing.

      February 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • umbrella

      I've known about this for a couple of years...it's no secret. It was already all over the internet...just google him.
      So why the big deal now?

      February 16, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  102. Tangobomb

    Well, there goes that fantasy.....good for him.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  103. John

    . . . "and I also want to thank Doug, Henry, Mark, Paul, Jerry, Steve, Bob, Gary, Richard, Tom, John, Scott and the rest of the entire gang at Marachino's Bath House for all the fun times. You guys make my world go round."

    Some folks don't have to announce that they're gay. Matt Bomer would be one example of a foregone conclusion.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ms. Brown

      Well I will admit that it was nice to think he was actually a man who likes women playing a role of a man who likes and charms women. It does seem like the pretty men in the entertainment industry are gay or Bi, and even the not so pretty ones in that industry.

      February 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave, CA

      awwwe looky- John's got a nice little group fantasy thing going on. Just remember to play safe.
      Thanks for sharing what's on your mind ;)

      February 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Boy

      You are posting this silly comment everywhere. Is that you Ian Somerh... wishing you could come out and have a career half as good as his?

      February 15, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  104. Lammar

    I dont talk to them or anything though. My mom tells me to not talk to white people. Some of them seem ok to me though. I dont know.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  105. chico

    straight and proud....sounds dumb right...well so does gnp

    February 14, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • GNP

      I know! I think the Gross National Product sounds completely dumb, too.

      February 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Lammar

    I dont think it matters if he is or isnt. Or what color his skin is or what religion he has. A nice person is a nice person. We have mormons here in my hometown and they seem ok.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph Smith is my Home Boy

      I am glad the Mormon's in your town are nice. We have some here in Bountiful B.C. that are not so nice. At least that is what the 12 year old girls that are married off are privately saying. First Mohammad with his 9 year old wife Aisha and now the leaders in Bountiful. When will the madness stop?

      February 14, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  107. piewacket

    Hey.............Hole Man..........................when you get home tonight..............throw your mother a bone, will you?

    February 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  108. MD

    Hey 4SShole, shut it you big loser. Go spread your bitterness somewhere else. Idiot.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  109. tangledthorns

    Not surprised by this. Two others that have yet to come out are Ryan Reynolds and Seth Mcfarlane.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • kjfuller7

      Ryan Reynolds is not gay... unfortunately... but not gay. I don't know enough about Seth, but his PQ is much lower than Matt Bomer or Ryan Reynolds... few people even know what he looks like. K!

      February 14, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  110. gremlinus

    Who cares? He's a great actor.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Randy

    I think I am going to announce on CNN that I am Straight... Willl that get anyones attention? probably not. So why should this be news.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rodney in Dallas

      If straight people treated gays as equal, this wouldn't be news.

      February 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • blake

      The day presidential candidates and religious organizations stop debating how much to discriminate against gay Americans it won't be news. Until then, shut up and enjoy your status as a first class American while others struggle for equal treatment under the law.

      February 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOBBY

      Brave of you man....You won't be alone in this...I'll stand with you during the anouncement...(we will need some super hot chicks with us too)

      February 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave, CA

      Yet here you are reading about it and commenting on it and pretending it doesn't matter to you...
      Perhaps you'd feel better reading about something else less threatening to your delicate sensabilities.

      February 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  112. jimmy

    Being a COMM major, this shows how low the media will fall on a slow news day. SO what ?? Let the man do what he wants to do and shut-up.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  113. bunbytes

    It's always the good-looking ones. LOL He's still good eye candy and a pretty good actor.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Pistol

    Matt Bomer was already 'out'.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • secondbecky

      Indeed, this is not news people. He's been out forever, he just doesn't scream it from the rooftops.
      BTW, for those of you who do not know him, his show White Collar is really great. And he, like Neil Patrick Harris, plays one of the most convincing straight men I've ever seen on TV!

      February 14, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Julie

    He is so awesome!

    February 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOBBY

      Stick to straight men...they make way better lovers

      February 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave, CA

      Bobby- How telling – You said "they" which means one of two things:
      1- You're a girl (who doesn't like gay guys.)
      2- You're a closeted gay guy and that was a hilarious slip.

      Either way it was telling and a little sad.

      February 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • mb2010a

      No, they don't...LOL.

      February 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  116. derp

    Bone smuggler!!!!

    February 14, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  117. JosieCate

    He is SO pretty. Good for him.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  118. That's What's Up

    ...and then Nino Brown said "I never liked you anyway.....you pretty muthafukka!!!"

    February 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  119. David Ellis

    Plays a main character on White Collar

    February 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  120. chase

    well crap...ill give him my looks to be gay with and he can give me his and ill bet straight!! I will be UNSTOPPABLE!!!!

    February 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  121. AmezDD

    I've never heard of the guy.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beth

      I've never heard of White Collar. What is that?

      February 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • amy

      Wow, that's a really insightful comment.

      February 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven Gaynor

      Too bad you do not know him because his show, 'White Collar' is one of the best scripted shows on TV right now. Matt also had a role on 'Chuck' as his college roommate, Bryce Larkin, appearing in about a half dozen episodes.

      February 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      Maybe you haven't, but it's interesting that you clicked on the article anyway. Perhaps you were trying to look for ways to come out of your own closet?

      February 14, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  122. the_dude

    So sorry ladies. The first clue should be when he is more pretty than you are.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Clarice

    Matt Bomer defines perfection.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      except the gay part

      February 14, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave, CA

      Bobby- yet here you are making snide little comments and reading about an attractive gay actor...surely you'd be more comfortable reading about something that doesn't threaten your imaginary masculinity? I'm sure his photo stirs all sorts of embarrassing feelings in you. Just keep telling yourself you're not attracted to guys and making your snippy little comments and trying to convince yourself (and others who already think you're gay); just makes you look more and more gay. Life in the closet is no fun is it?

      February 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Efrain Osorio

      Poor guy, he has everything to live for and he suffers that terrible illness. Maybe he got it when he was abuse as a child. God is merciful.

      February 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • stu

      Bobby can't stop looking @ Matt!

      February 14, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Wow, Dave, Ca from just “except the gay part” you could tell Bobby was not only gay, but that he struggles with his gay feelings. You also figured out all Bobby’s friends already know he is gay. Please tell me you use your powers for good and fight crime on the streets and don’t limit your talents to just on line posts.

      February 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abrous

      Efran – Illness? Really? again, are you stuck in the 50's? You want illness? try a mental disorder which has people so delusional that they believe that there's some magic fearful man in the sky that we all have to obey or be sent to a pit in the middle of the earth with a big red scary man with horns and a pitchfork running around torturing everyone with fire.

      February 14, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      @Efrain: God is also merciful towards your hatred and bigotry. The Creator WILL forgive you, I promise! You are loved!

      February 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      He knew because it takes one to know one. He's probably smoking some pole right now as we speak.

      February 14, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hall in RH

      Only God is perfect! We are all sinners and gays are habitual sinners and if you don't change your lifestyle, you are bound for hell – all of us

      February 14, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Bobby, Matt is a cool dude, so what if he is gay, he has a BF and a Family. I am sure he does not want you or your family, neither do I. I have a BF and a Family as well. We are all happy! Why don't you try to be happy too!

      February 14, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merciful To You

      Efrain, God was truly merciful when He limited your intelligence!

      February 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  124. emory

    Good for him.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Still in the Closet and Waiting for a Reporter

      Who is this guy? He looks like a cross between Timothy Dalton and Rob Lowe. Maybe he is their love child.

      February 14, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Jennifer

    I think that it's terrible the way the media focus on outing gay celeb's the way they do. Whether a person is gay or straight is their business and the media should not be hounding them the way they do.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • why be embarrased

      Why do you care, if your not doing anything wrong what is there to be embarrased about? Why would anyone care?? We all know why because its wrong, ethically, and naturally and you should absolutely be embarrased and ashamed. You should be committed with all the other crazies and child molestors.

      February 14, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • gremlinus

      Nothing to be embarrassed about, but I think it would be a little annoying if you are trying to be recognized for your work and all anyone cares about is who you are sleeping with. I hear a lot of people complain about celebrities airing all of their dirty laundry constantly, but when someone stays private and tries to let their work speak for them, they seem to be dogged with speculation.....

      February 14, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Walid

      Seems like those in the GLBT community think it's some badge of courage when they come out. It is clear to straight people those who live an alternate lifestyle. Quit trying to make a point about it and get on with your lives. Straight people don't have to go around telling people they are straight; why do you think anyone cares if you play on the other side of the street? Frankly sick of hearing about it and the press somehow trying to legitimize it

      February 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • MASTRODAMUS

      If he wanted it to be kept out of the media he should have not mentioned it. He made it everyones business. Now is the time to boycott all movies and television shows he's involved with.

      February 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      You arent doing anything wrong when you take a sh11t either,but you dont need reporters breaking down the windows to take pictures and ask you about it.
      Why do people(you Included)get to keep some things about their lives personal?
      (my recommendation,keep ignorant thoughts like that personal)
      Because fkkk you,thats why.
      And one more thing,you're mad when they have parades,you're mad when they keep to themselves.
      Why are you so angry?

      February 14, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • anna

      Yes it is their business, but they want to make it our business as well by putting it in our faces every day.

      So I say keep it your business and dont advertise it.

      February 14, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      When every other relationship in Hollywood is shoved down our throats, you people complain about a very subtle reference to his partner? All we here is about who's sleeping with who in the straight crowd, babies, divorce, etc.. Its all in our face day and night. The only reason this is a big deal is because of the bigots that try to make their lives hell. It takes bravery to come out and open themselves up to fools like those posting on here. The cowards are the frightened sheep flinging mud from the anonymity of their computers.

      February 14, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      It would be hard if you do all that work (AIDS Awareness and such) and all that comes out of that is.. HE CAME OUT!

      And to the previous comments...what the heck? Child molesters? being embarassed? If you are a child molester you should be embarassed, but being gay? That has nothing to do with with.

      February 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Wow, so many negative comments here, where are we? 1950? Seriously people, the media didn't "out" him, he outed himself. And it's pretty obvious that most of the respondents here are straight/hetro and don't have a clue why this is really important. Why you ask? Because of the lack of Gay Role Models in the world, it's important that when one is revealed that it be celebrated, talked about, brought to light. You don't do that in the straight "world" because there's no need to, since everyone is considered straight until it's otherwise revealed. Maybe one day when Gays, Lesbians, Transgender, Bi, Whatever can walk down the street anywhere in the U.S. hand in hand, proud of themselves without being looked down upon by the majority of society then we can have this conversation about keeping one's business to themselves, but until that time comes, it's important that people in the public eye (entertainers, sports, celebs, etc) provide that awareness!

      February 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      Walid, You take for granted being Straight. It takes a boatload of courage to come out of the closet.

      Matt Bomer was "out" before this and like any person receiving an award, he thanked his loving family. If you think that is "making a point of it", then unfortunately, that is your problem.

      February 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      Agreed! Who cares?? This is the 21st century. The article should just be a congratulations for winning an award. Jees...

      February 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Hoover

      He's the one that brought it up in an ACCEPTANCE SPEECH in which MOST OF EARTH had the ability to watch

      February 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      @whybeembarassed--What's wrong ethically and naturally is YOU! Comparing gay people to "crazies" and "child molesters" on proves your level of ignorance and plain ol' stupidity. Do everyone a favor and keep your pie hole shut.

      February 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike, GA

      Anna and you other m o ro ons- since when is clicking on a link, reading a story and the posting on the story considered "pushing it in your face" You're perfectly free NOT to click on the link or read the article. Is some big bad gay boy holding a gun to your head and making you read things? "Oh my, my, my!! There was a link I had to click it because it was in my delicate little face!"

      Here's a tip on how to avoid NOT reading about someone coming out; 1) Don't click on a link to any gay related coming out story, 2) Don't (and this is the important part!) DO NOT READ the story, and lastly, 3) don't post any id io tic claim that this was shoved in your face if you ignore points one and two.

      February 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roc

      Mike out of Ga

      Yo comment is the only one that makes since.. hell if u don't liek gays to read story about it don't watch shows that feature it ...

      February 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in Burbank

      @Drew, hit the nail on the head! I couldn't have said it better!

      February 14, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • HB

      @Larry Hoover

      He didn't "bring it up" – he thanked his family. If I were getting an award I would thank my family too. It's called being a loving human being. Sorry, I should have known that you wouldn't understand. My bad.

      February 14, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • ann west

      🔴 With NORMAL people, it's their business with Fruit's It has to be everybody's Business.
      Are they just making up Famous people these days? Who is this guy?????????????????????❔

      February 14, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael, VA

      How does an article become so drudged with hate? If you don’t care about this why bother posting? What’s the deal with you Gay Bashing idiots huh?!!! Didn’t your mother teach you that if you had nothing nice to say not to say anything at all? Better yet to treat others how you wish to be treated? Or did most of you hypocrites not have mother? Maybe that is your excuse but let’s be clear... I don’t think you own the World Wide Web or that you get negative feedback on the websites you frequent by the gays do you?!?! If you do please point those out I’ll be happy to defend your free right to be who you are without conscience. But what I will not do is stand by and watch so many of your dumb opinions hurt some new impressionable young man or women to make them think it’s not ok to be who you are so they go and harm themselves or live a lie for the rest of their unhappy short lives. I’m terribly sorry to see the awful comments from one HUMAN to the other. I mean let’s compare this to those who are black it’s terrible we are still overcoming this issue as well... Or the Jews, I don’t see people publicly bashing them and if you did you might be compared to Hitler and I don’t think you would like that. Do you realize you in one way or another are a minority or someone in your family is. And somewhere in your pathetic little mind you feel it necessary to attack a single "group" of people when the "GAYS" are not really a group and the blacks are not a group WE ARE ALL PEOPLE WHO DESERVE TO BE TREATED EQUAL AND FAIR and if you don’t like it move the hell out of the USA. Because this is the land of the free which is supposed allow everyone treated equal, allow everyone to be one. This is the problem with this nation we cannot get past something small really so it’s no wonder we are miserable and on the brink of war every year or on the brink of falling out of 1st place in the affairs of the world. The standard of how people live and are treated in this country is seriously declining, our children think its ok to rob banks and kill other. It’s no wonder in my mind when you have ignorant people posting comments about $h!t that doesn’t concern them. So please people shut your mouths and do something good with all that pent up courage you seem to have when typing out your nasty comments online behind your computer screen you cowards. You might actually accomplish something good for once in your life.

      February 14, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Another gay. Hollywood attracts them like boy's coaching jobs and the priesthood. The actual percentage (Statistics Canada mass survey, 2007) of the population is only about 2%, but they seem to infest Hollywood. They all seem to want overt amounts of attention paid to them. Just more proof that the differences between them and normal people go deep.

      February 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • socalgal

      Jennifer–Right On!

      February 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      ... "Putting it in our faces every day?"

      Cause it's not like every day we are given thousands and thousands of reminders of straight couples from television, films, outside, at schools, at work, etc etc. When a straight couple kisses, no one thinks anything about it, but when a gay couple does the exact same thing, suddenly it's "shoving it in our faces"? Get over yourselves and your double standards.

      The reason why it's a "badge of courage" to come out is because there are still a ton of bi-ots who would rather make snide remarks about being gay and complain about the fact that gay people exist rather than adopt a live and let live att-tude. If being gay didn't automatically get you cast as a second-class citizen by a large amount of the public, it wouldn't be considered couragous to come out. However, because of b-gots like the people posting here, it is.

      February 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |

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