In what should be no surprise to anyone who has followed the career of the actor, Zachary Quinto has come out, revealing that he is gay.
His role of Louis Ironson in Angels in America as the boyfriend of a man with AIDS who cannot deal with the changes that AIDS has brought to their relationship was “the most challenging thing I’ve ever done as an adult,” said Quinto, “and the most rewarding.”
Working in Angels in America, an AIDS-themed play, made Quinto realize how fortunate he is to live in these modern times. “Doing that play made me realize how lucky I was to be born when I was born and to not have to witness the decimation of an entire generation of amazingly talented and otherwise vital men,” he said. “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 recent suicide of fourteen-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, after years of anti-gay bullying by fellow students, shook up Quinto. “When I found out that Jamey Rodemeyer killed himself – I felt deeply troubled,” said Quinto via his blog. “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,” said Quinto, “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.”