Spock Comes Out of the ClosetPosted 11:22 am on Sunday, October 16th, 2011 by Mike Villarreal
There are some very sad Trekkie ladies out there today because it has just been announced that Star Trek and Heroes star, Zachary Quinto, has come out in this week’s issue of New York Magazine. Zachary has long been a support of gay rights. Recently, he has done an 8-month run on the off-Broadway play Angels in America. In the production, Zachary plays a man who abandons his AIDS-stricken boyfriend.
“It’s the most challenging thing I’ve ever done as an actor, and the most rewarding. 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.”
Later in the interview, Zachary talks about the legalization of gay marriage and the suicide of bullied gay teens like Jamey Rodemeyer. A 14-year-old boy who took his life after years of bullying because of struggles with his sexuality.
“There’s a hopelessness that surrounds it. Where’s this disparity coming from, and why can’t we as a culture and society dig deeper to examine that? We’re terrified of facing ourselves.”
Back in October of last year, Quinto made a video for the “It Gets Better” Project, a video campaign to aid young teens that struggle with being bullied because of their sexuality. Today, on his official blog Zachary wrote a length post about how Jamey’s death was ultimately what caused him to come out about his sexuality.
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.
Zachary Quinto joins the elite group of gay nerd icons such as George Takei, Neil Patrick Harris and Sir Ian McKellen.
Mike Villarreal is the Community Manager for Nerd Reactor. He loves movies, video games and comics. #OMGWTFBBQ