Out gay actor Chad Allen who rose to fame after starring in the hit TV series Dr Quinn: Medicine Woman has just published a video to say goodbye to his website fans as he is now leaving the bright lights of show business to focus on his own private life.

Allen was forced out of the closet in 1996 during Dr Quinn when a tabloid published photos of him kissing another man, but since then has been very involved in LGBT activism something he plans to continue to keep doing.

He also fully embraced his sexual orientation on screen, portraying Donald Strachey, a gay detective in a series of TV movies, and played a young gay addict who is placed into an ex-gay’ Christian retreat to be “cured” of his homosexuality in the movie Save Me.

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In the video Allen explains,

“I’ve been focusing on my education and working as a clinical psychologist, which is something that I’m super excited about and I feel like it will give me an opportunity to take my life experiences and my passion for well-being and human growth and particularly my passion for helping young gay people grow in a healthy, confident way and I’ll be able to effect the world in a slightly different way. I like to think of my work as an actor and my work in psychology as being kind of similar. They’re both human behaviour. One’s an artistic perspective and this one a scientific.”