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'Heroes' Star Zachary Quinto Comes Out, Says Anti-Gay Bullying Must Stop

Date October 17, 2011
Zachary Quinto Zachary Quinto hit the headlines after coming out publicly as a gay man in an interview with 'New York' magazine, and the actor says he was motivated to do so by the recent suicide of bullied gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer.

Writing on his blog, Quinto says that "in light of jamey's death -- it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life

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Zachary Quinto Zachary Quinto hit the headlines after coming out publicly as a gay man in an interview with 'New York' magazine, and the actor says he was motivated to do so by the recent suicide of bullied gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer.

Writing on his blog, Quinto says that "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."

He adds: "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."

The 'Heroes' and 'Star Trek' actor has played gay characters several times on TV but has not previously discussed his sexuality publicly.

In the 'New York' interview he referred to himself as "a gay man" when talking about his work in the play 'Angels in America,' in which he played a man who abandons his AIDS-stricken boyfriend.

Calling it the "most challenging thing I've ever done as an actor, and the most rewarding," he said that "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."

Sentiments that the actor echoed on his blog when talking about Jamey Rodemeyer. The 14 year-old killed himself last month after suffering unendurable bullying from other kids both online and at school. In May Jamey recorded a video message for the "It Gets Better" campaign, through which young gay people, along with celebrities and national figures such as Barack Obama, try to encourage each other to remain hopeful through difficult experiences.

Quinto also made an "It Gets Better" video last year as a way of trying to combat teen suicide, and he wrote that "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."

Fans have taken to Twitter to applaud Quinto's decision to come out, and he thanked them for their messages of support: "i have spent the day in awe of this outpouring of support and resonance. we. are. in. this. together. NEVER FORGET! i am deeply moved."

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