"White Collar" actor thanks partner Simon Halls, kids at awards ceremony in Palm Springs
(This story was originally published on The Huffington Post. HuffPost Gay Voices is a content partner of SDGLN.)
Having been the subject of tabloid and blogosphere rumors for some time, Matt Bomer has finally gone public about his sexuality, thanking his partner in an acceptance speech over the weekend.
As Towleroad is reporting, the "White Collar" hunk came out during Saturday's Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards in Palm Springs, where he received the New Generation Arts and Activism Award for his work in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Upon accepting the award, he thanked his partner Simon Halls and his three children.
"I'd really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry," he told the crowd. "Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment."
Bomer, 34, has previously declined to comment on rumors about his love life. "I don't care about that at all," he told Details in 2010. "I'm completely happy and fulfilled in my personal life."
Of course, Bomer has never lacked for gay appeal. Not only will he soon be seen alongside Mark Ruffalo and Alec Baldwin in the film adaptation of Larry Kramer's HIV/AIDS drama "The Normal Heart," the actor is also slated to play the older brother of gay character Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) on the hit TV series "Glee." He's also starred in the Broadway reading of Dustin Lance Black's play "8" about California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.
The Huffington Post also provides a list and photos of other celebrities who have come out as gay.