‘Game of Thrones’ actor comes out as gay

Updated 11:15 AM EDT, Wed March 12, 2014

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"Game of Thrones" actor Kristian Nairn has confirmed he's gay

He says in an interview with a fan site that he was never in the closet

Yet he also recognizes the importance of standing up "to be counted"

Nairn will return with the rest of the cast for "GoT's" fourth season in April

(CNN) —  

Actor Kristian Nairn – aka Hodor on “Game of Thrones” – was never in the closet.

But as a firm believer in the need to “stand up and be counted,” Nairn has confirmed he’s gay in an interview with “GoT” fan site Winter Is Coming.

“(W)hen you talk about ‘the gay community,’ you are talking about MY community,” Nairn said when questioned about his gay fan base. “I’ve never hidden my sexuality from anyone, my whole life in fact, and I’ve been waiting for someone to ask about it in an interview, (because) it’s not something you just blurt out. I’ve tried to lead the questions a few times, to no avail!”

Now that the moment has come, Nairn was more than happy to “come out” in the media.

“I had an upbringing to respect other people’s privacy, and their right to be and choose what they want, and I expect – no, demand – no less for myself,” Nairn continued. “It’s a very small part of who I am on the whole, but nonetheless, in this day and age, it’s important to stand up and be counted. I have and always will stand my ground.”