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How to Get Away With Murder’s Jack Falahee Comes Out as Straight Because of Donald Trump’s Election

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What strange times we live in. Jack Falahee, who plays sexually voracious law student Connor Walsh on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, has officially gone on the record about his sexuality: He’s straight, bros. Falahee’s sexual identity has come under scrutiny mainly because he plays a gay man on the show; he has consistently batted the conversation away, he says, “in an attempt to try and dismantle the closet.” On Tuesday, spurred by the election of Donald Trump and the emotional reaction of a gay friend of his, the actor talked openly about his sexuality for the first time in a message posted on Twitter. Falahee writes:

While I’m not gay, on HTGAWM I play a character who’s in an interracial relationship with an HIV positive man. However, 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 that my stance has been unhelpful in the fight for equality. I feel that I’ve sacrificed my ability to support the community for a more theoretical discussion about sexuality. Now more than ever, I want to offer my support to the community as an ally.

Falahee then goes on to list some things he plans on doing, such as donating money to a number of nonprofits including the Trevor Project, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and a number of others. You can read his full message here:

HTGAWM’s Jack Falahee Comes Out As Straight