Zachary Quinto Comes Out, Talks About the Road to Equality

Zachary Quinto came out as a gay man in an interview with New York Magazine and credited marriage equality in New York as well as the struggles faced by LGBT youth as his reasons for speaking out. In the interview and later on his blog, he addressed how he came to the realization that living an authentic life would allow him to be a voice for equality.

For eight months Zachary Quinto played the role Louis Ironson in the off-Broadway revival of Angels in America, a role of he described as “the most challenging thing I’ve ever done as an actor and the most rewarding.” The character he played struggles with seeing his boyfriend affected by HIV/AIDS and ultimately abandons him. The role allowed him to open up and realize the importance of sharing his orientation with others. "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," he told the publication.

Seeing marriage equality pass in New York and later hearing about gay teenager Jamey Rodemeyer's suicide death were also catalysts in his decision to come out. On his website today, he went into further detail about the reasons why he opened up: "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." Quinto expressed his gratitude for realizing that he needed to live openly and hopes he can also be an inspiration for those who look up to him.

The actor is known for his breakthrough role in the television series Heroes and for playing Spock J.J. Abrams' version of Star Trek. He has also played a gay character on So NoTORious and will soon play one half of a gay couple on Ryan Murphy's new series, American Horror Story. Recently Quinto made an appearance in the inclusive film What's Your Number and will return to the big screen in the upcoming financial-crisis thriller Margin Call.

GLAAD would like to congratulate Zachary Quinto on this important personal step and for already being such an important advocate for equality.

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