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Zachary Quinto Responds to Controversy Surrounding His PrEP Remarks

Zachary Quinto has issued a follow-up to the response he's received from his interview in OUT magazine's OUT 100 issue where he had some stern words to say about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the gay community's "complacency" when it comes to the spread of HIV. 

QuintoSaid Quinto in the interview:

AIDS has lost the edge of horror it possessed when it swept through the world in the ’80s...Today’s generation sees it more as something to live with and something to be much less fearful of. And that comes with a sense of, dare I say, laziness...[On PrEP,] We need to be really vigilant and open about the fact that these drugs are not to be taken to increase our ability to have recreational sex...There’s an incredible underlying irresponsibility to that way of thinking…and we don’t yet know enough about this vein of medication to see where it’ll take us down the line.

Here's a portion of Quinto's follow-up, published over at The Huffington Post

I am a staunch advocate for the rights and well-being of the LGBT community. I have deep compassion and empathy for people living with HIV/AIDS. I am assuredly not internally homophobic or poz-phobic or willfully ignorant regarding this issue. I am a well-adjusted and well-educated gay man. I have read and understand the way PrEP works, and at least the most basic science behind its practical applications -- although I am always open to learning more. I support and encourage the amazing work done by HIV/AIDS awareness organizations -- as well as the many research and treatment organizations that exist across the country and the world. I did not intend to make generalizations about the LGBT community at large -- or people living with HIV/AIDS or people in love with someone living with HIV/AIDS.

What troubles me -- and what I was trying to speak to in my interview -- is an attitude among (some of) the younger generation of gay men -- that we can let our guard down against this still very real threat to our collective well-being. I have had numerous conversations in my travels with young gay people who see the threat of HIV as diminished to the point of near irrelevance. I have heard too many stories of young people taking PrEP as an insurance policy against their tendency toward unprotected non-monogamous sex. THAT is my only outrage.

How gay men have sex with each other was unilaterally redefined for nearly two generations as a result of AIDS. I was simply trying to assert my belief that we need to be especially vigilant and accountable to ourselves and one another at this moment in our evolution. It is a tremendous advancement in the fight against the disease that scientists have developed this particular medication. But it's still early -- that's all.

Read Quinto's full response here


Zachary Quinto Cautions Gay Community Against PrEP, HIV and 'Complacency'

Zachary Quinto is prominently featured in OUT magazine's OUT 100 issue, where he is listed with the honor of Artist of the Year.

QuintoIn one part of the profile for the issue, Quinto talks HIV and PrEP, and he has some stern words. Here is a condensed quote, via HuffPo:

AIDS has lost the edge of horror it possessed when it swept through the world in the ’80s...Today’s generation sees it more as something to live with and something to be much less fearful of. And that comes with a sense of, dare I say, laziness...[On PrEP,] We need to be really vigilant and open about the fact that these drugs are not to be taken to increase our ability to have recreational sex...There’s an incredible underlying irresponsibility to that way of thinking…and we don’t yet know enough about this vein of medication to see where it’ll take us down the line.

Check out the full text of the interview, over at OUT, where Quinto also talks Oscar Wilde and coming out. His comments might lead to some charged conversations, but as OUT points out, it's "disorienting" as well as thrilling "to hear a celebrity speak so passionately about divisive issues in the LGBT community"


'OUT' Unveils 20th Anniversary OUT100 Covers

Out

OUT Magazine has released all four covers for its annual OUT100 Issue celebrating "the year's most entertaining, heroic, and compelling people, from all walks of life—including professional athletes, trans pioneers, actors, activists, designers, journalists, emerging musicians, artists, and dancers."

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the OUT100 and to celebrate, the magazine decided upon a theme for its photo shoots titled, "On the Shoulders of Giants", meant to "reference pivotal moments in LGBT history." 

Gracing this year's covers are Ellen Page, Zachary Quinto, Sam Smith and Samira Wiley.

You can check out the OUT100 for yourself HERE.


James Franco Boyfriends Up to Zachary Quinto in First Official Still From Gay-Themed Film 'Michael'

Michael

While we've seen various shots posted by James Franco and Zachary Quinto on Instagram, this is the first official still we've seen from the film, in which Franco plays "ex-gay" activist Michael Glatze, writer for the (now shuttered) gay twink magazine XY and co-founder of the short-lived publication Young Gay America, who denounced his homosexuality and became a poster boy for that movement. Glatze also became a pastor and married a woman.

Gus van Sant is executive producing the film with Franco, Vince Jolivette, Scott Reed, Ron Singer and Joel Michaely as producers. It's based on the Benoit Denizet-Lewis NYT article "My Ex-Gay Friend".

Quinto plays Glatze's former boyfriend Bennett. The film also stars Teen Wolf's Charlie Carver.

The shot above appears in an American Film Market preview story in The Hollywood Reporter.


Zachary Quinto Gets Caught With His Pants Down While Watching The Emmys: PHOTO

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Not to be outdone by the Looking crew, Mr. Quinto shared a somewhat revealing photo of himself watching a bit of the Emmys in between filming scenes for his new movie, Michael, about 'ex-gay' activist Michael Glatze that stars James Franco as the title character. Quinto shared the above photo on Instagram with the caption, "literally watching the emmys as i change clothes between scenes for our movie... no complaints. GO FRIENDS!!!"


James Franco and Zachary Quinto Show Off Laid Back New Looks for Upcoming 'Ex-Gay' Film 'Michael'

Michael

James Franco and his Michael co-star Zachary Quinto debuted via Instagram this week their new looks for the upcoming film about 'ex-gay' activist Michael Glatze. 

Franco now sports the 90s blonde look of Glatze, while Quinto shows off some bangs and more in an XY t-shirt. XY was the (now shuttered) gay twink magazine founded by Glatze back in 1996.

Wrote Franco

Let's Party! Blondes have more fun!! But do you respect me?????

Wrote Quinto:

a little xy trailer time (with early 2000s bangs) after my pretend beebee@jamesfrancotv told me to put my salmon lips on his bagels.

Quinto will reportedly play the former boyfriend of Glatze in the film. 

Think these two are pulling off the 90s/early 2000s look?


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