Comedian and actor DJ Qualls comes out as gay on stage, and then on Twitter.
Writing on Twitter, he said: “It is 11:20 p.m. I just came out on stage at a @jimjefferies show in San Diego.”
“Yep, I’m gay. Been gay this whole time. Tired of worrying about what people would think of me. Tired of worrying about what it would do to my career.”
Since coming out, Qualls has received much support. Director Scott Zabielski wrote: “You’re the best and we all love you.” Sebastian Roché (Supernatural) replied: “Well done my friend, very proud of you!”
It is 11:20pm. I just came out on stage at a @jimjefferies show in San Diego. Yep, I’m gay. Been gay this whole time. Tired of worrying about what people would think of me. Tired of worrying about what it would do to my career.
— DJ Qualls (@TheOnlyDJQualls) January 11, 2020
Welcome to the Queer Club. We have lots of glitter and cake 🏳️🌈
— Mads (@Madi_Skinner77) January 11, 2020
I’m so PROUD of you 🥰💜🤗 keep being yourself. we get to love you harder pic.twitter.com/Y0xQIfOYek
— lil gwayne (@twindian2) January 11, 2020
It is sad that you had to hide who you are because of your career. But it’s fantastic you got to a place were you don’t feel that you need to hide it anymore <3
Looking forward to seeing you in October in Birmingham. Ps. Need more hugging GIFs with you 😉 pic.twitter.com/OjXr0Gbzlf
— MissD(h)imples💙 Dimps💜 #LTTUCrew❤️ #Crossroads3 (@MissStory82) January 11, 2020
🏳️🌈 Soooo damn proud of you DJ!!! Love you always! ❤️❤️❤️ 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/56jU9yi7IA
— ☘️Aly Christina☘️ (@AlyChristina23) January 11, 2020
Be true to who you are, if people don’t get it, their loss
Much love from France ❤️❤️
— It’s just us. You & me. (@aborddelimpala) January 11, 2020
god i had to come back and tell you i love you again. ❤ so, so proud of you, i know that wasn’t easy for you to do. i’m also super happy for you, as this opens up a whole new kind of freedom for you, that you (and all folks) deserve. ❤❤❤ this made my night.
— Fumbling Towards Melancholy (@SaltAndSlowBurn) January 11, 2020
Many of Quall’s fans and fellow actors shared their well-wishings on Qualls’ Instagram account, with one commenter saying: “Proud of you. Don’t let anyone ever try to take away your shine. You are an amazing, talented guy- wishing you all the best in 2020 and beyond!”
Another appended: “I admire [you] even more for coming to term & accepting/ admitting who [you] really are. It takes balls, was so brave of [you] my friend. Just be happy, shine, smile, laugh, and live [your] true self. Enjoy life & love.”