In the Stephen King's novel Cell, the main character Clay sometimes teases Tom McCourt with some allusions of his sexual orientation.

In the wiki page of the novel Tom is presented as a "gay man", but in the novel there aren't certainties but only allusions or jokes between Tom and Clay.

Is Tom actually homosexual? Or is Clay just making fun of him?

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In the novel, Tom self-identifies as "queer" on at least one occasion. The implication seems to be that his mannerisms have identified him as such to Clay.

Clay smiled patiently. “I’m straight, Tom. Straight guys know how to drive standards without instruction. It’s instinct with us.”

“Very funny.” Tom wasn’t really listening. He was looking after the departed odd couple, and that pulse in the side of his throat was going faster than ever. “End of the world, open season on the queers, why not, right?”

He also takes extreme offence to a woman accusing sodomites as having been responsible for the world's ills

The plump woman laughed softly, but tears were in her eyes. “Ward! I’ve heard a lot of words for it, but never that one. As if I don’t know what men like you want with a tender girl like this, especially in times like these. ‘They repented not their fornications, nor their sodomies, nor their’ “

“Shut up,” Tom said, “or I’ll hit you myself. And unlike my friend, who was I think lucky enough not to grow up among the holy Hannahs and thus does not recognize you for what you are, I won’t pull my punch. Fair warning. One more word.”

Clay certainly makes a lot of assumptions about Tom's lifestyle after seeing his apartment

“Follow along down to the kitchen,” Tom said when they were in the house proper. There was a pleasant smell of furniture polish and, Clay thought, leather, a smell he associated with men living calm lives that did not necessarily include women. “Second door on the right. Stay close. The hallway’s wide, and there’s nothing on the floor, but there are tables on both sides and it’s as black as your hat. As I think you can see.”

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    Ok, but this is such a Clay opinion, as you say in the answer. Tom seems sarcastic when clay makes fun of him. To me, "queer" sounds like just a teasing, not an admission Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 11:19
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    @mikekeepsonshine - I'll update when I'm at a pc but it's noteworthy that Sam Jackson was told that his character is gay
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 11:21

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