Spock star reveals he is gay following the suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer
Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto has revealed that he is gay in a move to combat bullying.
The actor, who plays Spock in the new big screen revival, said he was moved to come out following the death of teenager Jamey Rodemeyer, who committed suicide after years of torment.
Quinto made the move in a new blog post on his official website, saying:
In the light of Jamey’s death, it became clear to me 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
Last year, Quinto appeared in off-Broadway revival of Angels In America, playing a gay character who abandons his Aids-stricken partner, a role he described as “the most challenging thing I’ve ever done as an actor, and the most rewarding”.
But he continued: “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.”
Quinto has also contributed to the It Gets Better campaign in the US, which aims to put an end to homophobic bullying, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He continued: “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’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.”
Quinto rose to fame playing serial killer Sylar in Heroes, before landing the role of Spock.