“Heroes” actor Zachary Quinto opens up about being gay in an interview to New York magazine. Even though he has played quite a number of gay roles in the movies, he has never talked openly about his sexuality until now, BBC reports.
Zachary Quinto, 34, didn’t have it planned to make any confession regarding his intimate life or sexual preferences. But after the suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer as a result of bullying, he decided to unveil this part of his life that he kept so secret until now. In a recent interview to New York magazine, he referred to himself as “a gay man” several times.
The first time he said it was when talking about his role in “Angels in America”, which tells the story of the HIV epidemics that started back in the 80s. “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 told the mag. If you’re asking, yes, he played the role of a gay man in the movie. He also impersonated a gay man in Tori Spelling’s sitcom, “So NoTORIous”, and in the “American Horror Story”.
He also referred to himself as a gay man when talking about the impact of the approval of gay marriages in New York and about the low acceptance of gay people by the society.
Returning to the reason he actually decided to speak openly about being gay, the actor explains that “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”. He also talked about the importance of the family ties in the cases of gay children and teens. In his opinion it is important that parents teach their offspring what acceptance and respect mean and gay teens have to stand up for themselves instead of taking their own lives because of bullying.