Zachary Quinto in 'awe' of support
October 17th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

Zachary Quinto in 'awe' of support

"Star Trek" actor Zachary Quinto, who revealed in an interview with New York magazine and with a post on his website Sunday that he is gay, says the subsequent support has been uplifting.

"[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 an ideal world, no one should."

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  1. MIkey

    A lot of the comments on here prove that Bulling and ignorance still follows many as they get older and proves why so many kids do not get the proper morals and behavior teachings from thier parents and now when they ask "Why do kids bully? " it mainly steems from ignorant parents. So please don't make any stupid comments or post anything ignorant about this great actor being gay because you are no better than anyone on this earth This is a article about standing up against something and many are on here bulling!!! ugh just sad we live on a world full of ignorance and people who think they are better. And by him comming out he's now 10 times Hotter!!! lol "how you doin?"

    October 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. J.R. Holbrook/ Sundance Host

    We are very proud of Zachary Quinto! Stay strong and own yourself! Hugs!
    **The film "Margin Call" with Zachary was amazing at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival!

    October 19, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kyon Smith

    I knew it, he was too good of a Sylar not to be gay. His Artistic talent knows no bounds

    October 19, 2011 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. pop

    I was wondering how Zachery played such a genuine creep on 'Heroes'

    October 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leo

      Because he's a brilliantly talented actor. He played a very complex character – a sociopath with major issues, yet an odd desire to find his right place in the world. The acting, emotions, motives, and plot for his character were complex. A lot of very nice people ACT the parts of bad guys in film and TV. That doesn't make the actors bad people. That's why they call it ACTING.

      October 19, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mejazzbo

    Sheldon would not approve. But Mr. Sulu would be overjoyed.

    October 18, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tom

    Bravo Zachary...was impressed with you as an actor and now even more impressed as a person.

    October 18, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sarek

    Live Long and Prosper.

    October 18, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dick Butt

    I don't know who Zachary Quinto is and I don't give a damn if he is puto

    October 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leo

      If you don't know who he is, then you're living under a rock. While he's been in several TV and live theater productions, this is the man who has taken on the ICONIC role of Spock in Star Trek, following in the near-deified footsteps of Leonard Nimoy. If you don't recognize Star Trek, Spock, and Leonard Nimoy, please join the land of the living.

      October 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tina

    I agree have you seen the interview?? I've seen it posted at CELEBUR.COM the video is still up i think.

    October 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dennis

    Thank you Zachay for your bravery.

    October 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Paul

    Way to go Zachary. Live long and prosper!
    You were always my favorite HERO!

    October 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. njcj

    Zachary Quinto is a class act!

    October 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dave

    He does take an incredibly gay photo. The straight phobic sissy. He is irrelevant as an actor anyway

    October 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      and you Dave are an ignorant. bigoted (probably fat, nasty lonely and dateless) a$#*&@e and totally irrelevant to the human race.

      October 18, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TJ

    Live long and prosper Zachary...

    October 18, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jackie

    Who is this guy again?

    October 18, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Brian Bennett

    "Live Long and Prosper"...unburdened and happy enjoying the fullness of life that comes with living an authentic life. Congratulations Zach.

    October 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Ashley Harris


    October 18, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Edwin

    In other obvious news today:

    The sun comes out and reveals that It's hot.

    Carrots admit they're orange.

    Wesley Snipes admits to being black.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Patrick

    What Mr. Quinto has done is doubly courageous, as it not only involves risk to himself, his career and image, but was done from empathy and compassion for another person who suffered for the persecution that Mr. Quinto is now standing against.

    Bravo, Mr. Quinto. You are a hero.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  20. WEBSPY

    I'm not gay so I thought it was strange at school when I was shoulder blocked by a jock in the hall, and he said "Fa_"
    I asked why he said that and he said "second period your in home economics" . I pointed out I live on my own and would like to cook better and balance my check book, Then I pointed out he is the F_g as in second period hes with 28 boys in shop, and I'm with 32 girls" Think about it Doh

    October 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  21. mcool123

    I think that Zachary is really cute

    October 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Gomer

    He may as well have revealed that the sky is blue.

    October 18, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheila W.

      LOL, tell me about it! This is only a big deal to people because they like the attention. I don't care who entertainers sleep with or love; just entertain me! Zachary is a very good actor and that's all that matters to me.

      October 18, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  23. GBR

    It's only the retarded religious people who care if someone is gay or not. Religion is for the weak minded who can't think for themselves. Bravo Zach!

    October 18, 2011 at 5:07 am | Report abuse |
  24. Argle Bargle

    No surprise, Zachary. Keep on keepin' on.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  25. Texanbybirth

    Kudos to him!!

    October 18, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  26. odubhain

    I think he's a great actor and don't see what being gay or not has to do with it. Can't wait to see him again as Spock

    October 17, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  27. billy the big bone

    Denying a minority the same rights you were born with; is HATE.
    Refusing to separate church and state; is HATE.
    Spending millions to eliminate someone’s right to family; is HATE.
    Rejecting marriage equality for a minority; is HATE.
    Same rights for every America in every state.
    Fight for equal rights

    October 17, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Louie

    I think the gay thing has pretty much lost its shock effect. Who cares? As long as you are good at what you do, what does it matter? I think the days of coming out and hurting your career have past.

    October 17, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Jean

    He should have listened to Joan Rivers if he ever wants to work in Hollywood again. She said that if a gay man wants to work in movies he better not come out. Look at Rupert Everett's career. As soon as he came out it was over for him as a leading man in anything – of course, that could have been because he worked with Madonna, the kiss of death to any career.

    October 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Yes Jean, I just bet Neil Patrick Harris wishes he had taken Joan Rivers' advice....he is one of the most "in demand" actors on the market and is known for his STRAIGHT roles.

      October 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Concerned

    America...the land of the "free" and home of the bigots. It's amazing how much people claim we are the greatest nation and open to people of all long as they look, act, dress, and behave exactly like we tell them to. My goodness, hit yourself over the head a few times and kill of a few brain cells. Everyone should be able to act and be the way they want to be as long as they don't infringe on the right of others. Does Zach Qinto being gay infringe on your right? No, just don't watch his movies if you don't want to see him.

    October 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  31. derp

    A gay Vulcan. Who would have thought?

    October 17, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  32. loJenk


    October 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  33. loJenk


    October 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  34. bella

    I loved Zachary Quinto on "Heros". Good for him coming out and I'm proud of him! I loved your comment, fernace

    October 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrbluiis

      @ Lamar Brown Is that true? If so, that was vile. If it wasn't true, that was vile. It's comments like that that give us gays a bad name.

      October 18, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
  35. guest

    @jessica – that's absurd. They're gay before going to Hollywoood and then is when they decide to come out. Stupid people need to stay out of blogs!

    October 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  36. jillmarie

    Good for him for speaking the truth and wanting to end the bullying.
    The posts here berating him are disgusting.

    October 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  37. San Jose

    I thought he was already out! No biggie... I liked him in Heroes and Star Trek. Good for him.

    October 17, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Tony

    cj, really? That's pitiful. He didn't suddenly "become" gay, he's been gay for a long time. Gays are not this mysterious race of people, they're normal people too, just a tiny difference. He wears the same clothes you wear, and breathes the same air.

    October 17, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Spock

    Proceed Captain. "Bury the hatchet."

    October 17, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  40. fernace

    Here's my small vote for equality! It's sad that people should have to hide who they are, to escape bullying, taunts & threats & even death! I still remember Matthew Sheppard, who was essentially tortured for being gay! Kudos to Zachary Quinto for standing up to be counted!!

    October 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • tolerance4thosewhodon'tgivearat'sass

      Not sure why he was hding it. Everyone knew he was gay. It was his problem he didn't.

      October 19, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |

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