Matt Bomer, star of USA Network's drama White Collar, has never denied that he is gay.
But he's never wanted to talk about it publicly either.
Over the weekend at an awards ceremony in Palm Springs, CA, the actor took a step towards being more open about his private life when he publicly thanked his longtime partner, publicist Simon Halls, and their three children.
Bomer received the New Generation Arts and Activism Award for his work in the fight against HIV/AIDS at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards on Saturday night.
'I'd really especially like to thank my beautiful family: Simon, Kit, Walker, Henry,' he said at the end of his speech. 'Thank you for teaching me what unconditional love is. You will always be my proudest accomplishment.'
There have been other signs in recent weeks that Bomer was ready to be more public about his family life.
He posed for photographs with son Kit during Super Bowl weekend in Indianpolis and Bomer and Halls were also listed together in the program for last weekend's Family Equality Council Awards Dinner as part of the host committee.
While some stars have publicly come out on the cover of magazines like Lance Bass and Ellen DeGeneres or in television interviews like Meredith Baxter, Bomer's approach was similar to that of Jodie Foster.
At an awards breakfast in Beverly Hills in 2008, Foster thanked her then-partner Cydney Bernard in her speech who she referred to as 'my beautiful Cydney' and whom she thanked for sticking by her 'through the rotten and the bliss.'
Like Bomer and Halls, Foster and Bernard were raising two children together. They have since split and Foster has never publicly discussed or mentioned a romantic partner since.