The 27-year-old actor adds that he also doesn't see why it would be a point of discussion. "I guess that’s where I’m at in terms of coming out publicly: I had this position when I started on the show that it shouldn’t matter. And I believe that," he shares "I hope that one day, the world gets to a place where you don’t need to politicize your sexuality any more than someone needs to politicize their race -- that we can just act and we can exist in this zeitgeist, telling stories about one another."
Gavaris later notes, "I came out at 19, and my family knew I had been out in the industry always."
That being said, Gavaris does admit that he thinks he'll be turned down for roles after coming out as gay. "This is a tricky thing to say and I’ve never actually said it out loud before, but I do believe that jobs will be lost and I do believe jobs will be gained. Maybe not even for the right reasons," he says. "There’s been a lot of conversation in the industry about hiring openly gay actors for gay parts, and I think that’s really important. But frankly, I’m not interested in doing any kind of work where I couldn’t bring myself in totality to the character. And if that would mean that I am ultimately not the right fit in terms of casting, then I probably shouldn’t play that part anyways."
Gavaris also talks about what he thinks the impact of him publicly coming out will have. "Maybe I wouldn’t have the same impact as someone like Colton Haynes or Gus Kenworthy or something, but even one person who feels more comfortable, who sees themselves represented in some way -- that just started to be more important than protecting myself," he says. "Of course, there’s the selfish liberation as well. You always feel like, 'Now I feel like I can really talk about all of the things that I want to talk about in terms of gay rights and politics.'"