Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” is one of the higher-profile stars who made the Out 100 issue this year after being selected as their Entertainer of the Year. The issue follows the actor’s sixth season of “Big Bang” and his third Emmy win for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, back in September. Parsons casually “came out” in 2012, when he mentioned his longtime partner Todd Spiewak in a profile piece by the New York Times.
“I didn’t think it was still that much hoopla, and that was really kind of rewarding,” Parsons told Out magazine. “That’s progress—progress I’m really happy to be a part of, making what was extraordinary ordinary without being boring, for God’s sake.”
Another familiar actor on the Out 100 list was Wentworth Miller, best known for his four-year role as Michael Scofield in hit FOX series “Prison Break.” Miller made headlines earlier this year when he came out, following an invitation to a film festival in Russia, which Miller boldly declined. Thus, Miller has been awarded with the Newsmaker of the Year.
“Thank you for your kind invitation. As someone who has enjoyed visiting Russia in the past and can also claim a degree of Russian ancestry, it would make me happy to say yes,” Miller said at the time in a letter to Maria Averbakh, director of the St. Petersburg International Film Festival. “However, as a gay man, I must decline.
“I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government,” he continued in the letter. “The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”
Also on this year’s covers are director Lee Daniels, honored with Artist of the Year, and Edie Windsor, who was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award.