So according to AfterElton, David Hyde Pierce is officially out of the closet, in what is (IMHO) the lamest coming out ever:
“He worked at Playwrights Horizons, the Public Theater, Shakespeare in the Park and a lot of regional theaters such as the Guthrie in Minneapolis, Chicago’s Goodman and Long Wharf in New Haven, Conn. Pierce got to Los Angeles in the early 1990s when his partner, actor-writer-producer Brian Hargrove, wanted to write for television.”
The mention is buried a dozen paragraphs in, so it’s very easy to miss — to be sure that the reference is accurate and was intended, AfterElton.com contacted Pierce’s representation, who confirmed that Hargrove is indeed Pierce’s life partner.
So basically David Hyde Pierce came out by dropping a tiny tiny nugget about his relationship into a longer article and hoping that 1) someone would find it and 2) some reporter would call him to verify it. Instead of, you know, actually saying “I am a gay man, and I would like to acknowledge that now”. Lame, lame, lame.
It’s not like his gayness was some kind of closely guarded secret, apparently everyone in Hollywood knew, they just didn’t talk about it. As long as celebrities keep tippy toeing around the closet like this, instead of busting out and challenging it, it will continue to exist.