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Zachary Quinto: I'm A Gay Man

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Zachary Quinto's acclaimed role as the self-involved Louis Ironson, a man who abandoned his AIDS-stricken boyfriend, in the New York stage show Angels in America, was an eye-opening experience for the actor.

It was the "most challenging thing" he'd ever done as an actor and in a new interview, spoke publicly about his sexual orientation for the first time.

He says:

"Doing that play made me realize how lucky I was to be born when I was born and to not have to witness the decimation of an entire generation of amazingly talented and otherwise vital men.

[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."

He also spoke about society's role in bullying, such as in the case of gay teen Jamey Rodemeyer, the boy who committed suicide after a series of attacks from his bullies. Zach added:

"And again, as a gay man I look at that and say there’s a hopelessness that surrounds it, but as a human being I look at it and say 'Why? Where’s this disparity coming from, and why can’t we as a culture and society dig deeper to examine that?' We’re terrified of facing ourselves."

We 100% agree. And, we are so happy that you are speaking out openly and honestly, Zachary. It makes us proud.

[Image via WENN.]

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59 comments to “Zachary Quinto: I'm A Gay Man”

  1. 1

    He's so freakin' handsome and seems like the greatest guy!

  2. ed69 says – reply to this


    top or buttom? place your bets…

  3. 3

    I think this is great for him. Must be a relief to not have to live in secret anymore.

    Looking forward to the next Star Trek-film :)

  4. 4

    Damn, that's unfair, the gay community is lucky to have him! Good for him though, if more people were out and proud then maybe people would be more accepting.

  5. 5

    I'm glad for him. I think this is gonna be the beginning of a wave of male actors coming out.

  6. 6

    aw man i was totally gonna find him and make him fall in love with me and have his babies :( (( but it's cool guess i'm back to stalking Jake Gyllenhaal lol.I wish him the best It must be so hard to live holding so much back. now hes free to be himself as it should be for everyone.I'm just saying though, whatever dude bags him better treat him right or they'll have to answer to me lol :) ))

  7. 7

    Re: ed69 – Versatile sweetie…Roles are a bit of a stereotype…gay or straight…sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't…Good for him, more visibility comes acceptance I hope.

  8. smb says – reply to this


    how is this news. it has been well known for years he is gay and there have been pics of him out and around w his partner on the internet. this is certainly not a secret except possibly for those in the midwest.
    If you thought he was straight then you must also think john travolta is straight.

  9. 9

    @sagerbomb: back to stalking Jake Gyllenhaal? lol - your gaydar is in need of major repair …!

  10. 10

    Re: sagerbomb
    Seems you have a thing for Gay men as Jake is as GAY as a Picnic Basket!!!

  11. 11

    I knew he was gay from the first time I saw him on "So NoTorious", you know, that show Tori Spelling took a stab at on VH1 that pissed off her mother? I'm glad he didn't take out an add in the paper for it though, it's no big deal, it's not something you need to put in a press release.

  12. 12

    This may be the best looking gay man - ever. jealous.

  13. 13

    I thought he was already out?? I'd call this a coming out of the closet fail.

  14. 14

    :D omg i knew there was a reason i was attracted to sylar.. i was started to think oh crap maybe i'm not a lesbian after all..

  15. 15

    i know you are gay from the first time i saw you… in movies(also tv) and pictures. not surprise. jake gyllenhall and taylor lautner and joe jonas to name a few are gays too.

  16. 16

    Re: ed69 – ha ha ha thats is hilarious. i think he is more on bottom. anyway what is power bottom?

  17. 17

    I knew he was Gay already but I didn't know while Heroes was still around. Sylar was well played I even named my new black cat Sylar. Who cares if hes gay though He is a good actor and seems like a good person.

  18. 18

    Re: smb – My, aren't we cynical.

  19. 19

    who cares

  20. 20

    He can be my "Sylar" anytime. He is one good looking man :)

  21. 21

    Why is this news. Everyone knew he was gay. Why should it be necessary for people to tell if they are gay or straight? Dumb. Live and let live.

  22. 22

    Re: MarLar1942 – So was Jeffrey Dahmer…..

    You don't know him.

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  24. 24

    as he only just admitted he's a gaymo?

    thatll be his career down the toilet then. Rupert everett is right about gay actors being snubbed. Totally. And dont say Neil patrick harris…thats ONE actor!

  25. 25

    Re: dlstxmale – lol

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  27. 27

    Good man

  28. 28

    He is so gorgeous and I'm glad he decided that the public and more importantly his fans know who and what he is. It's so touching that he did it because of Jamey Rodemeyer. So happy Jamey's death is serving for something and that it wasn't in vain. Even though I would have preferred he rather not take his life. First Gaga honors him and then Zachary hopefully he is somewhere where he can witness these things. And for people on here saying that he is finally out, he's always been out. Just not publicly. I'm sure at least his immediate family knew. I don't think he'd do something like this to his family where he just springs it on them like this out of the blue. Hopefully he doesn't get harassed and constantly harangued by blogs (erhrmm Petez) lol. But I am happy for him and glad to know he is such an advocate for change as well. :)

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  31. 31

    Really Good Looking!

  32. 32

    Re: PHWOARR – Matt Bomer? Ian McKellen? Now that's three, and there's more.

  33. 33

    Does anyone else think he kinda looks like a younger version of Hottie McHotass Antonia Banderas? Or like his son? Cause if he told me he was Antonio Banderas' son I wouldn't be surprised. lol Either way he is gorgeous. :)

  34. 34

    Fuck. Fuck, fuck, fuck.

    He's so beautiful…but I totally knew it. It still hurts, though.

  35. 35

    good 4 him

  36. 36

    I think he needs to say "as a gay man" one more time.

  37. 37

    I like that he came out in a way that was so casual. No headline on a magazine, just casually mentioning it like a hetero would their girlfriend in an article. Class.

  38. 38

    OH, I thought he was OUT and about a long time ago. Didn't know he never mentioned it publicly.

  39. 39

    At least he doesn't have PINK HAIR like that Sissy-Boy in that book does!

  40. 40

    Wahoo!!!! This is good news!

  41. 41

    Good for him! So many people look up to Spock (the character), and I think the fact that he is played by a gay man can only be a good thing. Now if only "Star Trek" would actually introduce a gay character on a series…

  42. 42

    This is about as surprising as Gorge Micheal coming out

  43. 43

    Who is next? Jake Gyllenhall, Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Anderson Cooper, Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner??? Place your bets :)

  44. 44

    I respect his reason for coming out & I think he's very brave to do so. So it is with all the dignity I can muster, I would like to say: I would SO hit that!

  45. 45

    Congrats .

  46. 46

    love him.

  47. 47

    SO fucking awesome!

  48. 48

    Gayconversionforum.com : being gay is not a choice, becoming straight may be

  49. 49

    WTF now everybody is gay !!! why this handsome-sexy-gorgeous man???

  50. 50

    I was sitting around with my friends the other day and we were wondering if Zachary Quinto was really gay or was this a put on. Thankfully that question was answered … gimme a break !

  51. 51

    Most people were very aware of this, I'm just glad he felt confident enough to be open about it. It's a bold move, not many in Hollywood will choose honesty intead of "safe" career. He's smart, nice, empathetic and genuine and that gives me a lot of respect for him.

  52. 52

    Re: MarioMonjack – How is it morally wrong? Is it hurting anyone in any way? Is it abusive to have a homosexual preference? Please, enlighten me.

  53. 53

    Re: kirknyc24
    Anderson Cooper is already out. Tom Cruise, Jada Pinkett and Will Smith will most likely never come out, unless they are truly busted in action - even then they might deny it. John Travolta will most likely never admit to it, but he isn't as careful as the ones mentioned above. Taylor Lautner and Jake Gyllenhaal maybe.

  54. GIO says – reply to this



  55. GIO says – reply to this


    It takes some serious nerve to do what he did. I think It's great! He's fly too.

  56. 56

    YAY… I always thought but im soooo glad!
    Now I have two g@y IDOL!!!!! Zachary & Ricky Martin!
    Your amazing and you will be a great roll model for all the younger people out there!

  57. 57

    This is not news. I don't think that he was ever hiding the fact that he was gay.

  58. 58

    I just loooove him. Knew he was gay already. Man, I'd kill for him to be my Birthday! :)

  59. 59

    Good for him!
    I hope he has a great life and great career.
    This will inspire a lot of people to be proud of who they are and not feel the need to hide.
    God bless him.