by Greg Hernandez
Rock Hudson. Montgomery Clift. Raymond Burr. Robert Reed. Tab Hunter.
Hollywood history is filled with gay men who became stars then stayed steadfastly in the closet for fear that being found out would mean the end of their careers.
Only Hunter, now 84, came out publicly late in life. But the Damn Yankees star saw his career as an A-list movie star stall after a story in a gossip magazine in the 1950s hinted he was gay.
Then you have Matt Bomer in the year 2016.
His career has already been on an upwards trajectory with the TV series White Collar when he came out publicly in 2012 by acknowledging his husband and their three children in an awards speech.
Since then, he’s been nominated for an Emmy and won a Globe for the HBO film The Normal Heart, appeared in the film Magic Mike and its sequel, is currently starring in American Horror Story: Hotel and has roles in the upcoming feature films The Nice Guys and The Magnificent Seven.
In the current issue of Men’s Fitness, Bomer was asked about his ability now to be openly gay and to be cast in both straight and gay roles.
‘I try not to take the time to stop and think about all these zeitgeist-dependent circumstances that I really have no control over and just try and focus on the work,’ he says. ‘Maybe I was just really lucky to be born at the right time.
‘I’m really grateful for it, and I hope people will always think of me as an actor. It took a lot for me to be at this table right now.’