John Barrowman

“My parents have challenged their friends because of derogatory jokes about gay men. And good on them for it!”

How important has the support of friends and family been to your success?

I’ve always had support from friends and family. I came out to my family when I was 21 years old because I wanted them involved in my life.

I thought they were going to disown me, and I was completely wrong.  Actually, they were a little offended because they never brought me up to think in that negative way.

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It’s every gay man and woman’s fear that  they are going to be shunned by their family, and I know people who have been. My mother’s reaction was, “How dare they shun their children!” My Dad said, “What we do in our bedroom we don’t discuss with you, and what you do in your bedroom is your business.”  They’ve even challenged their friends because of derogatory jokes and comments about gay men.  And good on them for it!

I was never really ‘in’ amongst my colleagues and my friends. I’ve just always been me.  I believe you shouldn’t have to proclaim your sexuality.  I understand why we have to do it, but I don’t feel people should do it if they don’t want to.   I was once asked in a Playbill interview in America about dating, and I said I’d been with my male partner for 13 years. I kid you not, the guy’s jaw dropped.

I thought to myself, I’m in my thirties and I live with another man, I have two dogs that are groomed better than some people, my house is minimalist, and I’m in musical theatre. What other clues do you want?!


About John:

In 2010 John Barrowman took a recurring role in the international TV hit Desperate Housewives. It should come as no surprise. In his stellar career so far, there’s no avenue he hasn’t explored, and excelled at.

Musical theatre star, recording artist, TV hero and film actor, he’s perhaps best known as Torchwood’s “omnisexual” Captain Jack Harkness, where he has become a hero to millions of children across the world. The show achieved the best viewing figures ever on BBC America and has been broadcast around the world. The fourth series, Torchwood: Miracle Day, will be broadcast in Summer 2011.

Despite his American accent, John Barrowman was born in Glasgow, moving to Illinois with his family when he was eight years old.

He is openly, and very proudly gay.

John appears in our inspirational Aim High booklet, along with 19 other people at the top of their respective fields, showing sexuality should not get in the way of success.

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Why he's your homo hero?

“For being the most visible gay man on television and for not hiding it. And kids look up to him as a hero!” Grahame

“My Homo Hero is John Barrowman. Aside from being flippin’ good at pretty much everything he sets his mind to he is also a gay guy who is... naughty and nice, open and honest (at least as far as I have seen and read), serious about his relationship with Scott Gill and is a person all people young, old, gay and straight can respect and admire.” Andrew Vermaak

“For being a good all round entertainer, actor and singer and simply for being so gorgeous.” Paul Higginson

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