Charlie Carver has revealed he is gay and he has done it in the most inspirational way.
The Leftovers actor posted a lengthy essay broken up into five parts on his Instagram account. Each of the fragments of his text is accompanied by a photo of the inspirational quote: “Be who you needed when you were younger.”
“I was different from some of the other boys in my grade,” the 27-year-old wrote. “This abstract ‘knowing’ grew and articulated itself through a painful gestation marked by feelings of despair and alienation, ending in a climax of saying three words out loud: ‘I am gay.’”
Carver said he felt safe to come out to his family and friends before, but kept it quiet publically as a measure to ensure he is not defined or limited by his sexuality. “I did not want to be defined by my sexuality.”
“As an actor, I believed that my responsibility to the craft and the business was to remain benevolently neutral – I was a canvas, a chameleon, the next character. For the most part I had a duty to stay a Possibility in the eye of casting, directors, and the public [sic].”
Carver then referred back to the inspirational quote, saying that as a young boy dreaming of becoming an actor, he needed a young man in Hollywood to speak up instead: “I now believe that by omitting this part of myself from the record, I am complicit in perpetuating the suffering, fear, and shame cast upon so many in the world.”
He then signed off by writing: “So now, let the record show this- I self-identify as gay [sic].”