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Zachary Quinto Is Gay!

Zachary_QuintoThere have always been whispers, but now we know for sure: Zachary Quinto, the fabulously understated thesp who made pointy ears sexy again, has come out as a gay man in the pages New York Magazine. Speaking about his acclaimed turn in Angels In America, Quinto said:

...[it was] the most challenging thing I've ever done as an actor, and the most rewarding ... And 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.

Of course, Zach was probably already "out" by the standards of ordinary people -- it's only famous folk who've got to come out both to their family and friends and to roomfuls of curious journalists with notepads. Still. He's done a very cool thing. A generation of closeted Trekkers will now grow up liking themselves that much more. Congrats, Zach!

UPDATE: This morning, Zachary published a lovely note on his blog, expanding upon his reasons for coming out. Excerpts below:

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 ... 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. 

...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.

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  1. You all can LOOK at my future husband, but do not TOUCH! Oh, to LICK those luscious eyebrows of his!!!! :-)

    Posted by: Fruit-for-Peace | Oct 16, 2011 1:24:21 PM


  2. Good for him!

    Posted by: Alex | Oct 16, 2011 1:26:23 PM


  3. Awwwwwwwwww. Good for Zachary. And thanks for making the post instantly creepy, fruitforpeace!

    Posted by: Robert | Oct 16, 2011 1:28:21 PM


  4. He did it right, the same way Andersen Cooper needs to. Its been very obvious and well know for a long time that he is gay, so the need for a 'Guess what folks.. Im gay!!', wasn't there.

    Posted by: Rovex | Oct 16, 2011 1:29:26 PM


  5. Wonderful! Good looking guy, known by many young people, hopefully other young gays get support from this.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Oct 16, 2011 1:43:41 PM


  6. THANKS ZACHARY. Every voice helps.

    He also wrote a very moving blog post about his refusal to closet himself any more on his site:

    http://www.zacharyquinto.com/news/2011/10/post.html

    Posted by: Strepsi | Oct 16, 2011 1:46:49 PM


  7. Yeah, it's weird that in order to be "out" as a public figure one has not only to live one's life without being secretive - one has to make unequivocal public statements - but that's where we are. I congratulate Mr Quinto on being forthright and heading off years of background speculation. Hopefully he will show up on the red carpet with a cute guy and I can coo about what a charming couple they make.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Oct 16, 2011 1:47:44 PM


  8. That's the way you do it. Just nonchalantly mention it in the context of a general interview. No need for the People magazine cover..."Yep I'm Gay!"...but I don't fault anyone for doing it that way either. There's value in the People magazine cover in that it puts it in people's faces in the grocery line....visibility!

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Oct 16, 2011 1:49:39 PM


  9. Weee! Awesome!

    Posted by: Kári Emil | Oct 16, 2011 2:00:58 PM


  10. Whatever. One's sexuality is not something that one should feel forced to talked about or not talk about. Just because it makes YOU feel better to hear doesn't mean it makes the gay guy (or gal) feel better. People need to concentrate on their own lives more instead of obsessing on celebrities.

    Posted by: Mark | Oct 16, 2011 2:11:07 PM


  11. I saw this announcement earlier on HuffPro and left a comment congratulating him and wishing him well. My comment was not published by the Moderators because I added that his public announcement might also spur the likes of David Muir, Anderson Cooper and Matt Bomer to come forward. These latter three all live in NY with their partners and in the case of Bomer, his husband and three children. As actors in the public eye they do a great disservice to the gay community by hiding their sexual orientation. Imagine how wonderful young gay people (as well as older) would feel if all three would stop hiding what the rest of us live openly as.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Oct 16, 2011 2:13:09 PM


  12. Do we all feel better now?

    Posted by: matt | Oct 16, 2011 2:20:17 PM


  13. Duh! lol

    Posted by: Rex | Oct 16, 2011 2:32:28 PM


  14. Welcome to the team! Can I sit on the bench and watch?

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Oct 16, 2011 2:34:30 PM


  15. Good for him. And kudos to the journalist for not following up with "OMG did you just come out?". I imagine he was given the heads up by Quinto's PR, regardless, a nice matter of fact interview.

    Posted by: IAN F | Oct 16, 2011 2:39:35 PM


  16. Hear Hear! As noted, visibility is the one most powerful weapon we have: being KNOWN is what changes minds.

    Being OUT means saying you're gay EVEN when it's NOT relevant; that's what OUT is.

    Posted by: lewlew | Oct 16, 2011 2:49:45 PM


  17. old news here in LALA Land, but congrats for finally making it official to the mainstream! beautiful man

    Posted by: stevenelliot | Oct 16, 2011 2:53:50 PM


  18. & water is wet, fire is hot, etc

    anyway; good for him coming out

    Now one wonders about 1 of his best friends Colton Haynes (despite denials of his gayness inspite of his past gay kiss pics and being best friends with Zach Quinto)

    Posted by: say what | Oct 16, 2011 2:54:50 PM


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    Posted by: Falcon | Oct 16, 2011 2:55:50 PM


  20. @ friut

    LOL Yeah He has sexy MAN brows....that plus his height are his most attractive qualities

    Oh, I wish men would put their tweezers down. Thick Eyebrows are sexy. Even girls with thisck eyebrows look better than tweezed girls

    Posted by: say what | Oct 16, 2011 2:57:13 PM


  21. Of course he is. A guy that sexy?

    Posted by: Max | Oct 16, 2011 3:00:51 PM


  22. OS2Guy- I currently live in Matt Bomer's building (which is also Jennifer Aniston's new building. The amount of paparazzi outside is crazy!), and I see him taking strolls with the twins and his partner. They are a beautiful family. I know it's everyone's choice, but don't we all have a responsibility, when the opportunity presents itself, to portray all the aspects of gay life in such a positive manner? Everyone knows. The paps outside the building know. And it's nice they respect his privacy (although they don't respect Ms. Aniston's because a certain ex-husband said some remarks to promote his film). It's his choice, of course, but it's important to show this aspect of gay life, too.

    Posted by: Don't Want To Piss Off The Neighbors | Oct 16, 2011 3:06:01 PM


  23. Well good for him. But I do believe that it is none of our business unless the individual wishes to share their personal lives with the public.

    Posted by: EF | Oct 16, 2011 3:10:05 PM


  24. perfectly put, bravo

    "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."

    ezackally

    Posted by: gomez | Oct 16, 2011 3:41:42 PM


  25. I can see the conflict for actors. They need to appeal to mainstream audiences to get roles. But for anderson cooper? There's no excuse. Bravo for ZQ. It took a lot of courage andI hope his career continues to rise.

    Posted by: dms | Oct 16, 2011 3:53:49 PM


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