Thomas Dekker, whose credits include "From Within," "Waiting for Superman," "7th Heaven," and "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," uploaded an open letter to his followers to address rumors about his sexuality. In the post, the 29-year-old actor officially came out as gay after he was allegedly outed by a "prominent gay man" during an awarding ceremony.

Although he refused to name the person who revealed his sexuality in his acceptance speech, fans were quick to conclude that the actor was referring to Bryan Fuller with whom he had worked in "Heroes" where he appeared in 12 episodes.

'The gay character was hetwashed'

The screenwriter and producer was recently recognized for his contribution to the film industry at the 2017 Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival held on July 6. During his speech, Fuller recalled his effort to bring in a gay character to "Heroes" which he said was blocked by the actor's management.

The "Hannibal" creator was referring to Dekker's role as Zach who was supposed to be gay before his agency reportedly threatened to pull the actor from the series. "The character became straight and the actor came out as gay,” Fuller said.

His remarks have compelled the actor to finally address rumors regarding his sexuality. Dekker thanked the "Heroes" producer for paving the way for him to finally come out as gay.

He, however, criticized Fuller for spilling the beans on his behalf and for assuming that he had already revealed his preference to the public.

"I have not "officially" until this moment. I simply refuse to be robbed of the glorious joy that belongs to me. To say the words myself. "I'm gay". Those words are a badge of honor that no one can steal," he wrote.

Of coming out and inspiring others

Dekker stated that being gay is not something to be ashamed of, but acknowledged the fact that coming out takes a lot of courage and time. He, however, believes that revealing one's preference will inspire and empower others to embrace their sexuality and to combat discrimination against LGBTQ community.

He said coming out has the ability "to change minds, challenge beliefs and make others feel understood and supported." Although he said that the brave act is a crucial and important thing to do for those who are still hiding their sexuality, the actor also explained that coming out is still a personal decision which should be done when the person is ready.

In his letter, the "Heroes" actor also revealed that he got married to his husband in April. He also expressed his happiness over finally tying the knot with the love of his life.

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