In a New York Times profile piece last year, the Big Bang Theory actor's sexuality and long-term relationship with Todd Spiewak were casually mentioned.
"I didn't think it was still that much hoopla, and that was really kind of rewarding," Parsons tells Out magazine, which named him Entertainer of the Year in its annual Out 100 issue. "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."
In fact, when Parsons and Spiewak were given the Inspiration Award by the LGBT young advocacy group GLESN last month, the actor noted, "I've never considered myself an activist. I've never considered my relationship with Todd to be an act of activism. Rather simply, it's an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs [out]—a regular life, boring love."
Parsons is just one of four celebs to grace separate Out covers this month, including Wentworth Miller, who was dubbed Newsmaker of the Year. And rightfully so.
It was in August when the Prison Break star decided to come out as gay after being invited to attend a film festival in Russia.
"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, which was posted on GLAAD's website. "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."
Lee Daniels and Edie Windsor are the other two famous faces who also appear on the latest issue of Out.