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Zachary Quinto: ‘Living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it … is simply not enough’

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Actor Zachary Quinto, best known for his roles as Sylar on NBC’s “Heroes,” and as Spock in the 2009 film version of “Star Trek,” has publicly announced that he is gay.

Zachary Quinto

In an interview appearing in this week’s New York magazine, on newsstands Monday, Oct. 17, and online now, Quinto acknowledges he’s gay after years of avoiding questions about his personal life. And in a statement posted on his blog Sunday, Quinto cited the recent suicide of New York gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer as the catalyst for coming out.

From Quinto’s blog:

when i found out that jamey rodemeyer killed himself – i felt deeply troubled. but when i found out that jamey rodemeyer had made an it gets better video only months before taking his own life – i felt indescribable despair. i also made an it gets better video last year – in the wake of the senseless and tragic gay teen suicides that were sweeping the nation at the time.

but in light of jamey’s death – it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it – is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality. our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay lesbian bisexual and transgendered citizen of this country. gay kids need to stop killing themselves because they are made to feel worthless by cruel and relentless bullying. parents need to teach their children principles of respect and acceptance.

we are witnessing an enormous shift of collective consciousness throughout the world. we are at the precipice of great transformation within our culture and government. i believe in the power of intention to change the landscape of our society – and it is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action. jamey rodemeyer’s life changed mine. and while his death only makes me wish that i had done this sooner – i am eternally grateful to him for being the catalyst for change within me. now i can only hope to serve as the same catalyst for even one other person in this world. that – i believe – is all that we can ask of ourselves and of each other.

In the New York magazine interview, Quinto, 34, tells editor Benjamin Wallace, that his eight-month role last year in Angels in America, “made me realize how fortunate I am to have been born when I was born…”

“And at the same time, as a gay man, it made me feel like I — there’s still so much work to be done. There’s still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed. The undercurrent of that fear and that, you know, insidiousness still is swarming. It’s still all around us. To revisit that world at all, it took a toll on me. It definitely was an incredible experience but it was really daunting at times.

Following is Quinto’s “It Gets Better” video:

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31 more reader comments:

  1. So glad to hear that Zachary is now living his truth. :-)

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 12:23pm
  2. I so knew he was gay! I love it when I get one right! YOU GO ZACH! WOO HOO!

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 12:27pm
  3. Spock is gay, your argument is invalid.

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 12:27pm
  4. I am so proud of him. :)

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 12:27pm
  5. Glad to hear it. Always knew it. Each person must find the strength to do so in their own time. :) Too bad people have to come out at all.

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 12:30pm
  6. i knew it.

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 12:30pm
  7. I thought there was something different about him….LOL, cool that he has the courage. Welcome to fresh air, Zachary Quinto! It’s nice out here isn’t it?

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 12:38pm
  8. Such a good role model

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 12:38pm
  9. I knew he was my favourite actor for a reason other than his immense talent. <3

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 12:49pm
  10. I agree totally with his quote!

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 12:55pm
  11. YES!! THANK GOD!! hes so sexy!! congrats.

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 1:14pm
  12. someone is happy

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 1:28pm
  13. ive known that forever… look at him… its great he came out, but it was kinda like ricky martin…

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 1:58pm
  14. i used to fantasizw about him and peter from heroes..pahaha.

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 2:06pm
  15. Nicely said Zachary!

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 2:32pm
  16. YES! <3

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 2:37pm
  17. good for him! :D

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 3:03pm
  18. I’M SO PROUD OF HIM ..
    & SO RIGHT HE IS ..
    #CLOSETSKILL ..
    LITERALLY ..

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 3:20pm
  19. it was about time

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 3:39pm
  20. Yes yes yes! SO impressive compared to some other celebrities in recent years!!!! You are my new hero Mr. Quinto!!

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 3:57pm
  21. Mr. Quinto is my new hero! So impressive compared to some other celebrities in recent years! THank you.

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 4:00pm
  22. I’m happy for you, congrats on coming out=D

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 4:30pm
  23. Finally. :D Good for him!

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 5:41pm
  24. I knew i liked him for a reason. You go Sylar! Lol.

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 6:04pm
  25. 93!

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 6:45pm
  26. why are these people turned into “saints” for doing what they should have done all along.

    Posted on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at 10:19pm
  27. thanks Zach for coming out, showing your pride and being a great role model for others, much love to you.

    Posted on Monday, October 17, 2011 at 12:21am
  28. Trying to find a way to like this more than once. Can’t. :(

    Posted on Monday, October 17, 2011 at 1:45am
  29. thanks Zack for living your truth and I suspect your shoulders finally feel lighter.

    Posted on Monday, October 17, 2011 at 12:10pm
  30. We love you Zach!

    Posted on Monday, October 17, 2011 at 12:46pm
  31. Right on dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 7:52pm