White Collar star Matt Bomer has acknowledged that he is gay while accepting an award at the Desert AIDS Project’s Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards in Palm Springs.

Bomer gave a special shout-out to his longtime partner, Hollywood publicist Simon Halls, and their three children.

“I’d really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry,” Bomer said.

“Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment. God bless you.”

Bomer, who’s preparing for his role as a gay journalist who contracts HIV in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, was honored with the New Generation Arts & Activism Award for his work in the fight against the disease, E! News reports.

While he hasn’t come out publicly until now, the 34-year-old actor has publicly supported many gay causes including the Trevor Project and GLSEN.

He will also star alongside George Clooney in Dustin Lance Black’s stage show 8, which outlines the California trial which overturned the state’s same-sex marriage ban.

In an interview with Details Magazine last year, Bomer was asked about reports that he is gay.

“I don’t care about that at all,” he said.

“I’m completely happy and fulfilled in my personal life.”

Bomer will next be seen in male stripper film Magic Mike, along side Channing Tatum. He is also currently shooting a guest role on Glee.

 

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