Jack Falahee, who plays a gay character in How to Get Away with Murder, had until recently refused to talk about his own sexual orientation. Falahee had said he shouldn’t need to talk about his private life, saying he was proud to play a gay character and that it shouldn’t matter who he sleeps with off screen.

He said he did so in order to “dismantle the closet”.

But now the star, who plays a gay man in a serodischordant relationship on the show, has opened up.screenshot-twitter.com-2016-11-16-12-37-07

Confirming he is straight, Falahee said he wanted to be a strong ally for the LGBT+ community.screenshot-twitter.com-2016-11-16-12-37-32

In a lengthy Twitter post, he said: “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.”

He adds that he has a gay friend who sat crying under a table as it became clear that it was a Trump win. Falahee says his friend “couldn’t face the reality of the next four years”.

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