He was the first to come out publicly as a person living with the then unnamed disease.
By the end of the series they both come out publicly as a couple.
He can't come out publicly and be on my side.
Peter might actually even need him, precisely because he could not yet afford to come out publicly as himself.
Because the worst thing that could happen to me is it would come out publicly.
Nice for someone to publicly come out and say it.
But everyone I knew was stunned that it would come out publicly.
He came out publicly in 2012 after struggling with his homosexuality for a number of years.