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Glee's Chris Colfer Comes Out

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By GLAAD |
December 4, 2009

Appearing on last night's Chelsea Lately, Glee star Chris Colfer publicly acknowledged that he, like his character, is gay. On Glee, Colfer plays Kurt Hummel, the young fashionista who recently came out to his dad and classmates.

Chris ColferChelsea Handler: "Your character on the show's gay. We know that you're gay. That's good for you. Congratulations. Don't be shy about that. Seriously. You shouldn't be shy about that because everytime...an actor like you is helping a zillion other people that are scared to talk about their sexuality so good for you."

Chris Colfer: "Thank you. You know what my answer to that question was prior to coming out  — was that I was straight as every other actor in Hollywood."

At only 19-years-old, Colfer's announcement makes him one of the youngest openly gay actors currently working in Hollywood. The cast of Glee has been touring the country lately in a huge promotional push for the hit show. Colfer and his castmates recently sang the National Anthem during the World Series playoffs and Colfer also appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien earlier this week. GLAAD applauds Chris Colfer for sharing his story.

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