In an interview with New York magazine, the darkly handsome actor talked about his role onstage in Angels in America, and said: “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.”
Now Zachary’s setting the record straight about why he decided to come out: it was Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old boy from New York who committed suicide after constant bullying from classmates.
On his personal blog, Quinto writes:
“In light of jamey’s death – 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,” Quinto writes.”I believe in the power of intention to change the landscape of our society – and it is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action. jamey rodemeyer’s life changed mine.
“I am eternally grateful to him for being the catalyst for change within me,” Quinto writes. “now i can only hope to serve as the same catalyst for even one other person in this world. that – i believe – is all that we can ask of ourselves and of each other.”