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A-List Actor Zachary Quinto Comes Out

A-List Actor Zachary Quinto Comes Out

 

The A-list Hollywood actor Zachary Quinto, star of Heroes and Star Trek, came out 0ver the weekend in an interview with New York magazine.

Quinto says he came out for two reasons. One was the recent suicide of gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer. The other was because of his role in the multi-award winning play Angels In America on Broadway.

Quinto, who has recorded an ‘It Gets Better’ video, explained what it was about Rodemeyer’s suicide that inspired him to come out.

Today on his personal blog, Quinto explained that Rodemeyer’s suicide made him question the impact any person can have on LGBT rights, when living in the closet.

“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 Angels In America, his character, at the height of the HIV/Aids crisis in the 80s in New York, abandons his partner when he discovers he has AIDS and begins sleeping with a closeted, married Republican Mormon. Later he repents.

Quinto told New York Magazine:

“Doing that play made me realize how fortunate I am to have been born when I was born. And to not have to witness the decimation of an entire generation of amazingly talented and otherwise vital men. And at the same time, as a gay man, it made me feel like 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.”

Today he tweeted about the reaction to his coming out:

“i have spent the day in awe of this outpouring of support and resonance. we. are. in. this. together. NEVER FORGET! i am deeply moved.”

 

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2:15AM PST on Dec 6, 2011

Noted.

12:40PM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

Well done Zachary. We need more people like Zachary. Love is blind and has no borders.

5:00PM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Might not be our business but (for better or worse) a famous face reaches wider and if that can help just one person... That is what we should be cheering!

1:12AM PDT on Oct 22, 2011

Thanks for the article.

7:59PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Good for him, but I can't get past those eyebrows!!

2:33PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Good for him! Another famous face making it harder to marginalize the LGBT community!

2:22PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Good for him!

1:29PM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

good stuff :)

7:37AM PDT on Oct 20, 2011

Kudos to Zachary Quinto

11:22PM PDT on Oct 19, 2011

FYI - Thursday, October 20, 2011 is International SPIRIT DAY - one of the minor holidays on the LGBT Calendar. It is asked that you wear a PURPLE SHIRT as a sign of LGBT support, and in memory of the LGBT Teens who have died because of their orientation.

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