Teen Wolf's Charlie Carver shares a heartfelt announcement with his fans (PHOTO)

Jan 11, 2016 at 10:17 p.m. ET
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Teen Wolf's Charlie Carver announced that he's gay in a five-part Instagram post on Monday, Jan. 11.

Charlie Carver posted a photo of the inspirational quote, "Be Who You Needed When You Were Younger," with an emotional five-part caption that revealed he is gay.

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This is the first time Carver has addressed his sexuality. He begins by writing that the quote has a lot of meaning for him.

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He continues by writing, "As a young boy, I knew I wanted to be an actor. I knew I wanted to be a lot of things... it was around that age that I also knew, however abstractly, that I was different from some of the other boys in my grade. Over time, this abstract 'knowing' grew and articulated itself through a painful gestation marked by feelings of despair and alienation, ending in a climax of saying three words out loud: 'I am gay.'"

Carver shared what it was like to come out to his family in part two. "For me, and my family, it was a precious conversation, one where I felt that I'd begun to claim myself, my life, and what felt like the beginning of a very-adult-notion of my own Authenticity. For that, and for them, I am forever grateful."

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In part three, Carver writes about how acting and Hollywood made it complicated to be himself. "I did not want to be defined by my sexuality. Sure, I am a proud gay man, but I don’t identify as a Gay man, or a GAY man, or just gay. I identify as a lot of things, these various identifications and identities taking up equal space and making up an ever-fluid sense of Self."

He continues, "As an actor, I believed that my responsibility to the craft and the business was to remain benevolently neutral — I was a canvas, a chameleon, the next character. For the most part I had a duty to stay a Possibility in the eye of casting, directors, and the public. If I Came Out, I feared I would be limiting myself to a type, to a perception with limits that I was not professionally comfortable with."

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With LGBTQ trailblazers paving the road, Carver feels that the business has changed. He's excited to be himself and help inspire others to do the same.

In part five, he closes with, "So now, let the record show this — I self-identify as gay... I owe it to myself, more than anything, to be who I needed when I was younger. And let the record show my twin brother is just as cool for being straight."

Congrats, Charlie Carver, for such a brave post that will be sure to inspire others to be themselves.

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