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, 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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