“It’s been enormously supportive — universally, unanimously supportive. I’m really grateful for that,” Quinto tells MTV news Monday (Oct. 17). “I feel like I made that declaration so that I can be a part of this
conversation moving forward. I did it in my own time, on
my own terms, in my own words. That’s exactly the way that I wanted to
do it, and I’m really proud of that.”
Quinto also writes on his personal blog about the recent rash of gay teens choosing to end their lives rather than continue dealing with the bullying they face every day.
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.
Beautiful words, Zachary. Quinto’s coming out has also inspired ABC News anchor Dan Kloeffler to come out on air.