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Michael Urie, On His Sexuality

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It doesn't seem like it would be a secret, but until today, Michael Urie of Ugly Betty fame has never officially announced his sexual orientation. Of course, people have made their assumptions based on his acting roles and of the such, but now we have a definitive answer from Michael himself.

In an interview for The Advocate, Michael explains that he would rather not put a label on himself as "gay," but he is currently dating a man. (A very sexy actor man named Ryan Spahn!) Michael reveals:

“I’ve never been in. I’ve never said I was straight, and I’m not saying I’m gay now. I never lie, and I’ve never shied away from the topic. I’ve certainly chosen through my work to do things that promote the rights of LGBTQ people. I am not a hypocrite—certainly not now…I’ve been in a relationship for a while now, and if you just met the two of us together we’d be ‘gay.' But that somehow means anything that happened before [we met] didn’t count—and I don’t feel that way. I know that some people feel that way. They were with women, but it always felt wrong. But it didn’t for me. It felt right at the time. It didn’t work out, but it also didn’t work out with other men—many times. That’s why ‘gay’ never seemed right.”

So, when asked which letter in LGBTQ he identifies with most, Michael selected "Q" - queer.

And there you have it. Not so much a mystery solved.

[Image via WENN.]

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38 comments to “Michael Urie, On His Sexuality”

  1. 1

    Ugh, typical B.S. hollywood parsing of language. hey Michael, you are attracted to men exclusively, well guess what. You're gay, deal with it.

  2. RJP3 says – reply to this


    Yawn — just the latest new millennium hipper than thou BS -
    You are bi - get over yourself.

  3. 3

    and no one cares.

  4. 4

    i think it was quite obvious that he was gay. but very good for him that he finally came out and talked about what everyone constantly wondered about.

    follow me! @jennybetter

  5. buck says – reply to this


    this is more of an update on his mental health not his sexuality

  6. 6

    If you fuck and date men.. then you are gay… no need to get complicated!!

  7. 7

    Umm, I looked up Ryan Spahn and he isn't cute at all… wearing beer googles??

  8. 8

    While watching Ugly Betty I said I thought I saw an article that said Urie was straight. My brother said, NO WAY he would ever believe that. That was months ago. And there you have it.

  9. 9

    Q stands for questioning for fucktard

  10. 10

    Why can't he just say that he's bi? Short n simple instead of the looong essay

  11. 11

    cute as a button.. i've had a crush on him since ssn1..

  12. 12

    Seems like he's bisexual then.
    No big deal.
    Be happy, Michael. Enjoy your life

  13. 13

    Fuck you, Michael Urie. What is it with you and Sean Hayes? You're the gayest bitches on the planet and can't come out.

  14. 14

    Love love LOVE Michael Urie! He isn't hiding anything and I respect him for his honesty

  15. 15

    I don't know… it seems like only people in the public eye seem to have a problem with labeling them selves as gay. Its simple, you're a man & you like to have sex with other me you're gay or bi. end of story, no big deal. He's over thinking it…

  16. 16

    We have met and he's lovely. Don't know why you are so anxious to label someone…nothing wrong with liking all the items on the buffet, okay?

  17. 17

    Please!! Just because relationships never work out doesn't mean you have to question yourself and your sexuality!!! What a load of BULL!!! He's also probably doing an interview for "The Advocate" because he needs attention for his failing career since "Ugly Betty" is in the crapper for ratings!! LOSER!!!

  18. 18

    what a fucking queen just say your gay, asshole

  19. 19

    queer  /kwɪər/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [kweer] Show IPA adjective, -er, -est, verb, noun
    Use queer in a Sentence
    See web results for queer
    See images of queer
    –adjective 1. strange or odd from a conventional viewpoint; unusually different; singular: a queer notion of justice.
    2. of a questionable nature or character; suspicious; shady: Something queer about the language of the prospectus kept investors away.
    3. not feeling physically right or well; giddy, faint, or qualmish: to feel queer.
    4. mentally unbalanced or deranged.

    'Nuf said
    and there it is…straight from the horses mouth. Skillet meet kettle.

  20. timo says – reply to this


    we are never going to move forward when actors like him purposely are vague about their orientation. you're dating a guy. you're gay!

  21. 21

    How about questioning personal characteristics you're attracted to instead of a person's sex?! What a DUMBASS!!!! Another superficial homo representing us because he's semi-famous! That is offensive to me!

  22. 22

    it's sad whenever a person is forced to announce their sexuality.
    unless ur about to hop in bed with them, what difference does it make?

  23. 23

    Some people don't need to say they are gay to know he is one of them. Too bad he forgot to mention his gay manager who jumped in too help him despite his feminism. And the fact that he STOPPED PAYING that same manager who put him on UGLY BETTY. SHAME ON URIE! Greed! And the hurdles that manager jumped for this queen…

  24. 24

    Wow, that's a long way to say 'I'm bi.'

  25. Ammie says – reply to this


    Good for him. There is pressure in the gay and lesbian community not to be "bi", so he chooses Q.

  26. 26

    i've known michael for 8 years and since i've known him his sexuality has just never been a huge area of concern for him or anyone who has known him. he's just a fantastic fuckin actor, that's all anyone really needs to know about him.

  27. 27

    1) who cares?
    2) he worded that really weird

  28. 28

    that and the fact that he will screw you on paying commission..

  29. 29

    I think he has stated what many have experienced. Sexuality is on a continuum for many.
    Not black and white.

  30. 30

    Another immature 2 year old who announces his sexuality to everyone. Grow up. The world doesn't revolve around you and NO ONE CARES!

  31. 31

    i thought the Q stood for questioning, not queer…

  32. 32

    HE IS GAY. It is simple. He didn't need to ramble on. He is not bi. He is GAY. People dance around that shit too much.

  33. 33

    I'm pretty sure the "Q" in LGBTQ stands for "Questioning," NOT queer.

  34. pj88 says – reply to this


    I just wish he'd get an Emmy nomination before Betty is cancelled. He does incredible comedic work on this show and never gets recongnized for being the funniest "Queen" on tv since Sean Hayes played Jack on Will and Grace

  35. 35

    Bravo Michael!
    Down with these idotic labels.

    They really hurt & cause damage to our young.

  36. 36

    Why doesn´t he say he is gay??? It doesn´t matter, I don´t understand all his doubts…

  37. 37

    Duh he is gay just say your gay Boo!!!!

  38. 38

    why not just come out as Gay…Gay is not a label….just what men who prefer men are called…to me he's just a closet case and even if I was Gay and dating, this just shows he is embarassed to admit it