We’re so proud of Zachary Quinto right now.
Zachary Quinto has done one of the toughest things that an actor can do in Hollywood, and that’s to come out of the closet. Although, unlike other celebrities such as Neil Patrick Harris, who came out on the cover of a magazine, Zachary did it very casually during an interview.
In a new interview in New York Magazine, Quinto calls his work in the off-Broadway play Angels in America the “most challenging thing I’ve ever done as an actor, and the most rewarding.”
“At the same time,” he adds, “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.”
Later in the interview, when the topic changes to legalizing gay marriage and the suicide of bullied gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer, the actor once again refers to himself as a “gay man.” He says that when it comes to the different rights and treatment that come with being homosexual, “there’s a hopelessness that surrounds it.”
Kudos for coming out Zachary. Big hug!
UPDATE: Zachary Quinto addressed his decision to come out on his blog. His words are after the jump:
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.