Star Trek’s new Spock Zachary Quinto made big news over the weekend by revealing his is gay. In an interview and blog post the actor explained why it was important for him to come out after hearing about the suicide of a gay teenager. More details and reactions from some of Quinto’s fellow Star Trek stars below.
Tragedy compels Quinto to speak openly as gay man
Over his career Zachary Quinto has played a number of gay roles, including his first big role on Tori Spelling’s So NoTORIous, his Broadway stint in Angels In America and his upcoming recurring role on American Horror Story. However, until yesterday, Quinto didn’t speak publicly about his sexual orientation. The first reveal was in a New York Magazine Interview, here is an excerpt:
[Quinto’s] eight-month role in Angels was both “the most challenging thing I’ve ever done as an actor and the most rewarding” he says. Having to inhabit that terrible lost world, if only in his mind, took a toll. “And at the same time, as a gay man, it made me feel like there’s still so much work to be done, and there’s still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed.”
The actor soon followed up with a new blog post on his official site, which explains why he now feels he must come out as a gay man. Here it is in full:
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.
Here is the video "Its Gett Better" campaign video that Quinto was speaking about:
Although it may not come as a huge surprise to many, Quinto’s revelation made big news, being reported by many in the mainstream media. Quinto has recieved an outpouring of support on his site and via Twitter, including support from Star Trek luminaries Damon Lindelof, Roberto Orci, Jeri Ryan, Chase Masterson, .
For his part, Quinto sent out a message thanking everyone for the support:
UPDATE: Quinto talks to MTV