Cloud Atlas - Gala ScreeningBy now, it is not seen as a big deal when a public figure comes out as gay, but it becomes news because it gives gay youth another role model and another reason to not have fear of who they are. British actor Ben Whishaw is one of those figures who youth can now look up to. As reported by E! Online on Aug. 5, the actor known for his role as gadget-maker Q in the movie “Skyfall” has come out as gay.

The revelation was made over the weekend, but the actor has always been open about his sexuality. He just didn’t feel it should be public and wanted his private life respected. A rep of Whishaw did confirm that the actor was in a civil partnership with Australian composer Mark Bradshaw. The rep responded to speculation that Whishaw and Bradsaw “entered into a civil partnership in August 2012. They were proud to do so and are very happy.”

The last time Whishaw referenced his sexuality was in an interview back in 2011 with “Out” Magazine in which he answered whether he felt it was important for young gay people to have positive role models to look up with. In the interview he said:

“I really agree with that, and I feel in my heart that it’s important, but I don’t quite know yet the way to go about that. Maybe that’s the transitional thing I feel I’m in the middle of at the moment. It’s something I think about, but its important for me to do it at the time that’s right for me.”

Whishaw admitted he wasn’t ready to be that role model back then, but apparently the time is right now. The widely acclaimed actor, who has received high accolades both on screen and on state, is out and proud. The best way to be that positive role model is to continue to be himself.