Actor Jim Parsons has described his casual coming out gay as “progress.”

In speaking to gay glossy Out for its upcoming Out100 double issue, Parsons discussed reaction to The New York Times profile that casually dropped “Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship” without the need for an elaborate quote from its subject.

“I didn't think it was still that much hoopla, and that was really kind of rewarding. That's progress – progress I'm really happy to be a part of, making what was extraordinary ordinary without being boring, for God's sake,” Parsons said.

Parsons, who is best know for playing science geek Sheldon Cooper on CBS' The Big Bang Theory, can next be seen reprising his Broadway role of AIDS activist Tommy Boatwright in the Ryan Murphy-directed version of the The Normal Heart for HBO.

(Related: Wentworth Miller, Jim Parsons, Edie Windsor, Lee Daniels grace Out100 covers.)