Sorry, ladies. Charlie Carver of Desperate Housewives and Teen Wolf has come out as gay on Instagram.
Recently, Carver had a realization about why the photo had been haunting him. With his role on Teen Wolf, he had been given an excellent position to bring attention to the struggles of people who felt different. Charlie, thinking back to a time when he had felt the same, realized that he needed to use his position of notoriety to come out as a role model for young gay men.
“In my silence, I’ve helped decide for to you too that to be gay is… inappropriate for a professional career in the Arts (WHAAA???) So now, let the record show this- I self-identify as gay. And does that really matter anymore? As a young man, I needed a young man in Hollywood to say that- and without being a d**k about it, I owe it to myself, more than anything, to be who I needed when I was younger.”
“Even the words ‘Coming Out’… implied being greeted with attention, attention for something I would prefer to be implicitly just Human, an attribute or adjective that was only part of how I saw my whole self. I did not want to be defined by my sexuality.”
As time went on, Charlie became increasingly uncomfortable when the distinction between public and private life. While he still wanted to retain a certain amount of distance from the public eye, Carver also began to ask himself why he was making those decision. In the end, he decided that coming out as gay would do more good to the world than harm to his own career.
“I was born with an immense amount of privilege, growing up in a family where my orientation was celebrated and SAFE… I would never encourage anyone to Come Out only to find themselves in harm’s way – a disproportionate number of Homeless American (and Global) Youth are members of the LGBTQ community who were kicked out of their families and homes out of hate and prejudice.”
What do you think of Charlie Carver’s decision to come out as gay, Teen Wolf fans?
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