David Hyde Pierce talks coming out and marriage

Posted by Jane Levere on popeater.com:

"David Hyde Pierce (a Freedom to Marry Voice for Equality), best known as Dr. Niles Crane on 'Frasier' and current star of the revival of 'La Bete' on Broadway, recently sat down with Jordan Roth (also a VFE), president of Jujamcyn Theaters, at the 92nd Street Y in New York City to discuss his career, coming out of the closet, marriage equality and why there's nothing crueler than syndicated television.

"In the most intimate portion of the discussion, Pierce opened up about being gay and why he finally decided to make his relationship with longtime partner Brian Hargrove public in 2007.

"'It was very important to me never to pretend, never to hide,' Pierce said. 'In 1985, my partner Brian and I were new in the business and were not comfortable letting people know that we were gay. We had separate apartments. We went about our business.'

"'We met this lovely married couple down in the grocery store below the apartment building where we all stayed. A month later, we finally had the courage to come out and let them know that in fact we were a couple. They said, 'We knew when we saw you shopping.'

"Pierce admits he felt bullied into coming out and resents those who he believes were attempting to force his hand. 'It wasn't so much about being uncomfortable being gay, it was about being uncomfortable ... Like the bully on the playground was pushing your face in the dirt saying, 'Say it, say it, say it.' he recalls.

"He and Hargrove married in California on October 24, 2008, before Proposition 8 reversed the California Supreme Court's decision to honor the freedom to marry in the state.

"'I felt transformed ... We'd been together 26 years when we were legally allowed to get married in California. We went and did it, and we both agree it had a power, an importance to us in our lives that we can't really put into words, but that is totally palpable and intrinsic to who we are,' Pierce said."

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