Accepting the Trailblazer Award during Outfest’s Legacy Awards in L.A. on Sunday evening, actor Sean Hayes said in his speech,
“At the time, I was a young closeted actor having his first taste of a little success and unfortunately, in my mind, my lucky break was inextricably tied to me thinking that I had to stay in the closet in order to keep moving forward.
Looking back at my choice to stay silent, I am ashamed and embarrassed. What was I thinking? As if any of you had any doubts. I mean, right, could a straight actor ever do this…?”
He then belted out Cher’s If I Could Turn Back Time…
“I know I should’ve come out sooner and I’m sorry for that. Especially when I think about the possibility that I might have made a difference in someone’s life.
I would probably be able to sleep a lot better than I do if I had acted sooner, but such is life. We learn our lessons only when we are ready.”
— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) October 24, 2016