October 17th, 2011
11:05 AM ET
"[I] have spent the day in awe of this outpouring of support and resonance," he tweeted yesterday. "we. are. in. this. together. NEVER FORGET! i am deeply moved."
The actor explained on his site that he made his decision following the death of teen Jamey Rodemeyer, who'd made an "It Gets Better" video not long before he was found dead outside of his parents' home in Buffalo, New York. His parents have explained that Jamey was relentlessly bullied.
Said Quinto, "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 credits Jamey for being a "catalyst" for him to take such a step.
The Twitterverse responded with encouraging messages, such as one from MichelleVisage, "Bravo to Zachary Quinto for coming out. Soooo many of his fans who struggle everyday with their sexuality have another reason to be strong," and another from user Trendeh: "Congrats Zachary Quinto for actually having the balls to come out, since there's so many in the industry scared to ruin their career."
Added E!'s Marc Malkin: "[W]hen an actor like zachary quinto comes out PUBLICLY it is still a big deal worth noting and applauding..in an ideal world, no one should."
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