Zachary Quinto Reveals He's Gay
By Mack Rawden 2011-10-16 13:00:37
The decision of when and where to come out is an intensely personal one. Some are open about their personal lives from the moment they achieve fame, but others remain guarded or unwilling to talk about the issue until they feel comfortable. For years, Heroes star Zachary Quinto avoided the topic in interviews, but he’s now finally decided to come out in a very understated way.
Speaking to New York magazine, the actor talked about the fracture and intense polarization of viewpoints he sees engulfing the country. His thoughtful words were both honest and understanding, but along the way, he qualified some of his remarks by saying “as a gay man”. Take a look at the excerpt below…
It’s like, you have the legalization of gay marriage in the state of New York and three months later you have Jamey Rodemeyer killing himself, yet another gay teenager bullied into taking his own life. And, you know, again, as a gay man, I look at that and say there’s a hopelessness that surrounds it. But as a human being, I look at it and say, “Why? Where is this disparity coming from and why can’t we as a culture, as a society, dig deeper to examine it?”
In another time and another place, Quinto’s coming out would be the least interesting thing about the above quote, but seeing as how he’s never touched on his sexuality, I understand why it’s generating headlines. I applaud his decision to be open without making a big deal about it, but more than that, I applaud his tact and honesty in addressing such a difficult issue. There is a serious problem in this country, and it goes beyond just whether or not gay marriage is legalized. We have to ingrain in our children that it can get better, whether it’s bullies at school or a general feeling of hopelessness. Life can be whatever you make of it.
For most celebrities, coming out can be a career-altering decision, but I highly doubt this interview will in anyway alter Zachary Quinto’s promising career. May be we reading his thoughtful interviews for another thirty years.