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Hayes, Sean (b. 1970)  
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David reported Simon's enthusiastic response to the performance: "Do you know why it took over 40 years to revive this show? Because it took over 40 years to find Sean Hayes."

In something of a non-event that surprised virtually no one, in April 2010 Hayes acknowledged publicly his homosexuality. He stated to Karpel of The Advocate, "I spend time with a special someone in my life" but declined to give further particulars beyond "It's fantastic."

Linda Rapp

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arts >> Overview:  American Television, Situation Comedies

American television sitcoms have consistently reflected the presence of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people, often in distorted and stereotyped ways, but occasionally in ways that acknowledge our humanity and complexity.

arts >> Overview:  Film Actors: Gay Male

Although few gay actors have been permitted the luxury of openness, many of them have challenged and helped reconfigure notions of masculinity and, to a lesser extent, of homosexuality.

arts >> Overview:  Stage Actors and Actresses

Gay, lesbian, and bisexual actors and actresses are among the elite of contemporary theater, but only recently have many come out publicly.

social sciences >> Overview:  Stereotypes

Stereotypes usually include inaccurate and negative assumptions about groups, thus contributing to racism, classism, sexism, and homophobia.

arts >> Barrowman, John

Accomplished actor and singer John Barrowman has won plaudits as a musical theater star, as well as for his roles in film and television.

arts >> Batt, Bryan

Actor and designer Bryan Batt achieved fame playing a closeted advertising executive on television, but in his own life he has been active in affirming the naturalness of homosexuality.

arts >> Bernhard, Sandra

Sharp-tongued comedienne, writer, singer, and actor Sandra Bernhard is known almost as well for her amorphous sexuality as for her cynical wit.

arts >> DeLaria, Lea

A proudly out lesbian from the very beginning of her career, the versatile Lea DeLaria has earned accolades for her talents as an actor, a singer, and a stand-up comic.

social sciences >> Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is a watchdog group dedicated to promoting accurate representations of the glbtq community in the media.

arts >> Gilbert, Sara

Actress Sara Gilbert, who became a favorite with lesbian audiences for her portrayal of tomboy Darlene on the long-running television series Roseanne, came out publicly as a lesbian in 2004.

arts >> King, Michael Patrick

Writer, director, and producer Michael Patrick King has been creatively involved in a number of ground-breaking television series featuring gay themes and strong women.

arts >> O'Donnell, Rosie

Comedian, actress, television talk show host, and openly gay mom, Rosie O'Donnell has achieved remarkable success in her relatively short career.

arts >> O'Haver, Tommy

Director and screenwriter Tommy O'Haver has drawn on his own experiences as a gay man in creating films and has also demonstrated his versatility by working on a variety of other cinematic projects.

arts >> Takei, George

Best known for his role as Mr. Sulu on the cult-classic television series Star Trek and subsequent films, George Takei has, since coming out as a gay man, also been an articulate advocate for glbtq rights.

arts >> Zadan, Craig (b. 1949), and Neil Meron (b. 1955)

Prolific film, television, and stage producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have created a diverse body of work, including a number of theatrical films and television features with glbtq themes.


Belcher, Walt. "'Will and Grace' Leaves Behind a More Accepting America." Tampa Tribune (May 18, 2006): Baylife, 1.

David, Hal. "How We Fixed Broken 'Promises.'" New York Post (March 24, 2010): 41.

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Website. Will & Grace Resource Guide (2006):

Karpel, Ari. "Sean Hayes: I Am Who I Am." The Advocate 1037 (April 2010):"

Longsdorf, Amy. "Purr Diem: While Giving Voice to 'Cats & Dogs,' Sean Hayes Didn't Stray Far from His Day Job." The Record (Bergen County, New Jersey) (July 2, 2001): F5.

Pearlman, Cindy. "From Glen Ellyn to Hollywood Top Cat." Chicago Sun-Times (July 1, 2001): Show, 2.

Rochlin, Mary. "He's Self-involved; He Does Headstands; He's Will's Pal Jack." New York Times (April 18, 1999): 2, 38.

Shister, Gail. "'Will & Grace' Bids Goodbye But Leaves a Big Mark; Atypical or Stereotypical, Characters Helped Make Gay Normal." Philadelphia Inquirer (May 18, 2006): A1.

Weintraub, Joanne. "Laughs on the Rocks." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (November 19, 2002): E1.


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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Hayes, Sean  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
    Publication Date: 2010  
    Date Last Updated August 26, 2011  
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