Sean Hayes: Love Letter to the LGBTQ Community
For Gay Pride Month, Billboard asked numerous pop culture luminaries to write 'love letters' to the LGBTQ community. Below, actor Sean Hayes -- who starred on the pioneering TV series Will & Grace -- shares his. Read more Pride Month love letters here.
You know, I never really understood -- nor took the time to realize -- the impact I didn’t have by keeping my life to myself. Sure, it can be argued that one’s personal life is just that -- personal -- but I was helping all the hate and ignorance of the world by staying silent. I knew that everyone knew I was gay, but I hated the press hating me for not coming out on their terms. The only thing I could hold over them was not actually saying the words and it drove them crazy.
But now there is no personal battle. I’m proud when the words 'gay' or 'queer' are next to my name. Because it’s not about the press -- it’s about all of us. It’s about the young LGBTQ kids in the world having a voice. And I realized they can have a voice -- not because of a character I played on television who was gay -- but because I’m gay and proud to say it, and proud to finally take the responsibility for it as well. No, I am not the singular voice for all gay people, but it brings me tremendous joy knowing that I am part of the chorus.