Zachary Quinto on the response to his coming out “I feel really grateful”

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Last week, we heard that Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto came out in an interview with NY Magazine, kind of dropping it as an aside. He referred to himself as a gay man but didn’t make a big deal about it at all or make it sound like an announcement. Quinto later made it clear that his admission was deliberate and planned, and that he came out in honor of a gay teen who recently committed suicide after enduring bullying because he was gay. It was really nice, and it was a great way to explain why he came out. It turns out that the response to Quinto has happily been overwhelmingly positive. He told E! in an interview that he’s still processing all the responses he’s been getting, and that he’s “just grateful to be able to participate in conversations more authentically now and to be able to stand up on behalf of people that aren’t quite ready to stand up on their own.” It was kind of heart warming for me to hear him say that, and I’m glad it’s going so well for him now.

You might say the level of support Star Trek star Zachary Quinto has received since coming out as a gay man is pretty much out of this world.

“I feel really grateful,” the actor told E! News at the New York City premiere of his new financial thriller Margin Call on Monday night regarding all the people who have reached out to him in the last couple of days. “It’s been an incredibly overwhelming experience for me, but all in a really positive way and I’m processing it as I’m going through it.”

But, for Quinto, it definitely goes beyond what other folks are saying to him. It’s also about what his revelation finally allows him to say.

“I’m just grateful to be able to participate in conversations more authentically now and to be able to stand up on behalf of people that aren’t quite ready to stand up on their own and give them whatever shred of light or hope in a real sea of darkness,” he said. “It’s a gift that I’ve been given to pass forward, and it’s an honor. And with honor comes responsibility and challenge, and I’ve just done what I can to face it every step of the way.”

[From E! Online]

He also called it an “honor” and he sounded really sincere about everything. You can see the video of this interview on E!’s website.

Did you hear about the ABC World News Now news anchor, Dan Kloeffler, who kind of casually came out on the air when he was reporting this story? I thought this was so funny. He first said that Quinto “came out in a very nonchalant way,” and then he proceeded to do the exact same thing. “He’s 34, I’m 35. I’m thinking I could lose my distraction about dating actors.” That was awesome. Later, Kloeffler explained thatfor the same reason that Zach decided to come out, I too, no longer wanted to hide this part of my life. There have been too many tragic endings and too many cases of bullying because of intolerance…as a journalist, I don’t want to be the story, but as a gay man I don’t want to stand silent if I can offer some inspiration or encouragement to kids that might be struggling with who they are.” Reading that, and reporting this story just makes me feel really happy. I’m proud of both these guys. I kind of hope they go on a date at some point too. Zach is probably thinking “what a copycat,” though.

Here’s the video of the ABC anchor coming out.
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  1. dd says:

    i wish other people would do that ahem ahem, like other well knonwn actors.
    [ come on bitches!]

  2. RobN says:

    I’m glad he hasn’t had any issues, but really, when everybody already knows you’re gay there generally isn’t much talk when you come out.

  3. Hollowdoll says:

    Damn can he wear a suit! I’m so happy for him. Must be such a relief. Hopefully this will get the ball rolling and more poeple will come out soon. It’s a personal decision and can be scary.

  4. Hollowdoll says:

    I don’t think everyone knew he was gay. I think there’s a lot of mainstream middle America that had no clue. A lot of people I know were surprised.

  5. So not! says:

    Congratulations Zachary
    You just killed your career

  6. miss beca says:

    Killed his career? I think not. He is still HAWT. And the only idiots who won’t go watch a sexy man who’s also an amazing actor are the pathetic loser twi-hard types who believe that they’d ever have a chance with him anyway.
    Go Zach!!!

  7. Jaded says:

    Like it killed Neil Patrick Harris’s career? Hardly!

  8. Praise St. Angie! says:

    um…is it just me, or is he actually morphing into Leonard Nimoy?!

    in that top pic, I SWEAR he’s starting to look like him!

  9. kay says:

    I didn’t realize her had to shave his eyebrows to play Spock!

    and even if it did kill his CAREER, if his coming out saved even one life, I bet he would call that a beautiful trade off.

  10. Hollowdoll says:

    I doubt it will kill his career. I agree whatever happens in the long run he won’t regret it. His coming out will make a difference to a lot of people.

  11. Roma says:

    When I see NPH play Barney I don’t think “gay” I think “awesome”. I believe the same will hold true with Quinto, especially because he chooses such odd, complex characters.

  12. Reece says:

    Don’t have anything to add to the convos today. But I like these pictures!

  13. Heebeegeebee says:

    I love the way the news anchor did it. Making his own announcement, on the heels of Zachs, thus supporting him and encouraging others to follow. I am hoping this leads to a windfall of reveals. There is safety in numbers and the non supporters would be overwhelmed into silence!

  14. Heebeegeebee says:

    I love the way the news anchor did it. Making his own announcement, on the heels of Zachs, thus supporting him and encouraging others to follow. I am hoping this leads to a windfall of reveals. There is safety in numbers and the non supporters would be overwhelmed into silence!

  15. Jeff R says:

    Thank you for celebrating two courageous men!
    @So Not!/No.5: Hopefully ZQ’s courage will not impact his career severely, despite the rampant homophobia in Hollywood, since he has a great, intelligent fanbase who are more open minded than the industry powers that be in LA. (Remember when a Black man couldn’t be an action hero – pre Will Smith?!?)
    The alleged scurrying back into the closet of formerly out UK actor Luke Evans is an interesting counterpoint to this story – even Chelsea mocked him on her show. Best, JeffR

  16. Darlene says:

    I think his career will be fine. He’s a great actor and super hot, regardless of his preferences. I can’t wait to see the next Star Trek.

  17. Playlist says:

    I wish gay actors would understand that the only shocking part of them coming out is the shock that they didn’t realize we already knew.

    The general public is more accepting than actors give us credit for. We will always support and applaud honesty, as long as it’s not hurting anyone.

  18. xxodettexx says:

    i think [and hope] that his career will be fine, and the few fans he does end up losing will be worth losing [as far as i am concerned]… that said, like others have pointed out, nph is doing rather well for himself [and is quite believable as a horndog on himym] and i loved loved loved quinto as spock soooo… fingers crossed that his fan base only grows exponentially from this!

  19. B says:

    I liked Zachary Quinto already, but I like him even more after all of this. I love the way that he chose to come out. He didn’t make some big extravagant deal about it. He mentioned it nonchalantly because, well, it isn’t a big deal. When you come out in a subtle way like this, it doesn’t reinforce the whole “gay is different” idea. I think that if you come out and make a massive spectacle of it, it only reinforces “gay is different” which is destructive, of course. He just dropped it in a subtle way because it’s not a big deal. It’s just part of who he is.

  20. foozy says:

    all i have to contribute is: just look at what happened to rupert everett,(hope i spelled that right), richard chamerbland and george michael. they lost everything. i really love zachary and although my mind is going “oh why oh why?” and “nooooooooo, not him”, i still think he’s hot and does a great mr. spock. i really hope for his sake that coming out won’t ruin him….
    having said all of this and having already made a comment a couple of days back, i Do sincerely wish him a lot of happiness and can’t wait to see star trek the sequel.

  21. smh says:

    i’m glad he’s getting positive response.

  22. eternalcanadian says:

    Please just do something about your eyebrows Zachary! :)