After years of dodging questions about his sexuality, “How to Get Away With Murder” star Jack Falahee is coming out of the closet… as a straight man.
And it’s all because of Donald Trump.
The 27-year-old actor plays gay law student Connor Walsh on Shonda Rhimes‘ juggernaut procedural drama. But until now, he has never openly discussed his own sexuality.
“While I’m not gay, on HTGAWM I play a character who’s in an interracial relationship with an HIV positive man,” Falahee wrote in a lengthy Twitter post Monday. “In the past I’ve declined to discuss my own sexuality in an attempt to try and dismantle the closet. Opponents to my ambiguous answers to questions surrounding my sexuality argued the importance of visibility. Ultimately I think my stance has been unhelpful in the fight for equality.”
He explained: “Now more than ever, I want to offer my support to the community as an ally.”
Falahee says he felt the need to finally come out after seeing his gay friends’ reactions once it became clear that Trump had won the presidential election.
“I spent election night with a few of my close friends, glued to the television,” Falahee wrote.
“By the end of the night a friend of mine, who is gay, was sitting on the floor under a table crying.”
In an interview with Out magazine last year, Falahee skirted a question about his sexuality, saying: “I don’t think answering who I’m sleeping with accomplishes anything other than quenching the thirst of curiosity.”
You can read Falahee’s full message below.
(1/2) sorry for the small font, but I wanted you all to read this. pic.twitter.com/9BAKHJMTdJ
— Jack Falahee (@RestingPlatypus) November 15, 2016