Several Members of the LGBTQ Community Speak Out About Tab Hunter's Passing

Several prominent members of the LGBTQ community spoke out about the passing of openly gay actor Tab Hunter today.

According to TMZ and his official Facebook page, he died on Sunday night at the age of 86. 

Tab was a big actor during Hollywood's Golden Era in the 1950's, with starring roles in Damn Yankees and The Burning Hills. He was unfortunately closeted during the height of his fame, and didn't openly discuss his sexuality for several decades until the release of his 2005 autobiography Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star.

That was eventually made into a documentary about his life, where he talked about his relationships with actor Anthony Perkins and champion figure skater Ronnie Robertson. The book became a New York Times best seller several different times after its original release. He was partnered to a man named Allan Glaser for 35 years up until the time of his death.

Since word got out that he passed, plenty of people in the LGBTQ community shared their memories of or with Tab on social media, including Matt Bomer, who shared a touching message about him on his Instagram Monday.



"Grateful that we were able to meet the incredible Tab Hunter and thank him for his authenticity and courage. Rest In Peace."

These sorts of words were followed by many more in our community, including Lance Bass, choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne, and progressive Democrat James Duke Mason.







Even the people who run the late drag icon Divine's social media account shared a photo of the two of them from the set of the film Polyester.



May he rest in peace.



Golden Age Of Hollywood Star Tab Hunter Died At 86

We're sad to share with you that 1950s heartthrob Tab Hunter died Sunday night, according to TMZ and his Facebook page.

Tab Hunter, born Arthur Andrew Kelm, was known for his roles in Damn Yankees and The Burning Hill. He’s also known for opening up about being a closeted talent in Hollywood in his 2005 autobiography titled Tab Hunter Confidential, which then was turned into documentary.

In that autobiography, Hunter reveals that his public relationship with Natalie Wood was a cover for his private relationship with Anthony Perkins. Hollywood director J.J. Abrams has also announced that he’s working on a film titled Tab & Tony about the secret relationship between these two Hollywood stars.

As for how Hunter died, the Facebook post didn’t reveal any details. It simply stated:

“Tab passed away tonight three days shy of his 87th birthday. Please honor his memory by saying a prayer on his behalf. He would have liked that.”

May He Rest In Peace.