National Coming Out Day: Cheyenne Jackson, Andrew Lippa, Lea DeLaria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ann Hampton Callaway and More Share Stories of Pride

By Adam Hetrick
11 Oct 2013

Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Photo by Robert Mannis

Emmy Award nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson, star of "Modern Family," and currently Shakespeare in the Park's The Comedy of Errors.

I am truly blessed with a great job right now on "Modern Family." The only drawback is that it has taken me away from my first love: live theatre!

I didn't have a role model on TV when I was a kid, but it means the world to me that I might be a role model for someone else. Eric Stonestreet (the actor who plays my partner on "Modern Family") and I hear from people every day about how our relationship has started a safe dialogue in their family about what it means to be gay. Parents have accepted their children and kids have been able to come out to their parents because it's not such a foreign thing anymore. That's the power of television. I can't even tell you how much it means to me to be a part of that.