February 14th, 2012
11:47 AM ET
"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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