Zachary Quinto: Why I Came Out

Zachary Quinto

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updated 10/17/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET

originally published 10/17/2011 AT 9:40 AM ET

In the wake of gay New York teenager Jamey Rodemeyer’s suicide last month, Zachary Quinto had a crisis of conscience. He realized that hiding his own sexuality was doing nothing for the greater cause of hope and acceptance.

The Heroes and Star Trek actor, 34, who came out as a gay man in a New York magazine interview this week, explained that decision Sunday in a candid blog post on his website.

“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.


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