Spock has balls: Zachary Quinto comes out of the closet
High fives to actor Zachary Quinto on being one of the few Hollywood actors with real integrity.
The 34-year-old Quinto, who played a young Spock in the 2009 Star Trek reboot, finally came out of the closet in an interview with New York and a post on his website. Quinto joins a limited but growing list of Hollywood male actors who have come out. He joins the likes of Neil Patrick Harris, Sean Hayes, Chris Colfer, T.R. Knight, Ian McKellan, Rupert Everett, George Takei, and more, as well as lesbian celebrities like Jane Lynch, Ellen Degeneres, Rosie O'Donnell, Cynthia Nixon, and Meredith Baxter.
In his blog post, he explained that he decided to publicly announce his sexual orientation due to the death of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, who had been bullied daily.
By coincidence, his announcement coincided with the death of a gay high school student in Ottawa, Jamie Hubley, on Friday (October 14).
Quinto's move is a risky but brave one. It could potentially result in his exclusion from certain roles. Even though an increasing number of celebrities have come out of the closet, Hollywood's A-list still lacks an openly gay male celebrity. His revelation will contribute to efforts that will pave the way for more stars to counter systemic homophobia by coming out.
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