October 16, 2011

Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto comes out...

Huge congrats to actor Zachary Quinto, best knows for the TV show Heroes and especially as Mr. Spock in the Star Trek reboot, who just came out publicly as a gay man.

Quinto is producer and star of the upcoming film Margin Call, and reveals that he is gay in a new profile in New York Magazine. The star, 34, credits his role in the Broadway play Angels In America, in which he plays a gay man who leaves his AIDS-afflicted boyfriend, for helping to put him further in touch with the hopes felt and struggles faced by both gay and straight Americans, and discusses his political outlook for the rights movement.

Posting on his website today (www.zacharyquinto.com), Quinto writes:
when i found out that jamey rodemeyer killed himself - i felt deeply troubled. ... 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...

So well said.. what more can I add?

On a non-Quinto note, if you haven't seen Angels in America, rent or buy the HBO production on DVD, it is one of the best things I have seen, period.

And to Mr Quinto, congrats on your bravery and honesty. This is a bold and inspiring move... and uh, we kind of knew it back when you played Tori Spelling's flamboyant best friend on the underrated series so noTORIous; not because you played gay, but because you were best friends with Tori Spelling....


Cogent Ascending said...

Not to be a negative Nancy or anything but pseudo-celebs who "come out" after everyone and their mother has already speculated on or guessed they were gay and then try to make it seem as though it was all for the greater good just fucking irritate me. Like Ricky Martin or Wanda Sykes. If you can't or don't have the balls to START your career as an out and proud person then keep it to yourself. The world barely cares about these people as celebrities, what makes them think we care who they're fucking? And this guy, to invoke the name of a person who killed themselves as the reason they "saw the light" is just down right repugnant. So, what? You couldn't think of a single reason to come out until a total stranger killed themselves for reasons I can guarantee you and I will never understand? I call bullshit. Somehow it's enough for us non-celebs to simply, quietly and proudly live our truth but we're all supposed to clap and cheer because some cowardly 34 year old couldn't find the balls to come out until it was "socially relevant" to their career? Whatev's. He is a hottie, for a middle aged white guy, but where he sticks his dick doesn't require a press release.

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