Zachary’s official statement

when i found out that jamey rodemeyer killed himself – i felt deeply troubled. but when i found out that jamey rodemeyer had made an it gets better video only months before taking his own life – i felt indescribable despair. i also made an it gets better video last year – in the wake of the senseless and tragic gay teen suicides that were sweeping the nation at the time. but 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. our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay lesbian bisexual and transgendered citizen of this country. gay kids need to stop killing themselves because they are made to feel worthless by cruel and relentless bullying. parents need to teach their children principles of respect and acceptance. we are witnessing enormous shifts of collective consciousness throughout the world. we are at the precipice of great transformation within our culture and our government. 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. and while his death only makes me wish that i had done this sooner – i am eternally grateful to him for being the catalyst of change within me. 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.

Zachary Quinto Official Site

  • david

    you deserve another ‘gene kelly’ award.

  • tyler

    normally most people would care if a star was gay but quinto, no way…

    we all love this guy…regardless it teaches us a lesson doesnt it?

    we all wish we were us cool as quinto

  • carlos flores

    Wow Zachary I am so proud of you. I hope you coming out will help straight people to understand how similar we all are despise the fact that we love someone from our same sex! Keep on the good work

  • Tim

    Zachary, I truly respect you and support you in your decision to come out! As a gay parent (and stay-home dad of twin girls) and as a pre-DADT-repeal member of the military, I totally get how one can have such dissonance between one’s public life and one’s private personal life. I both applaud and respect you for your courage and for your willingness to be a beacon of light to others. Assuming you live here in LA, if you haven’t already done so, I would encourage you to consider getting more involved in the LGBT Center. They have great programming, and I have appreciated having them here. Many blessings to you on your journey, both professionally and personally!

  • M C

    Eloquently put. I want to thank you for taking this step into the light. I must say that I am no “celebrity hound”, but you have continued to impress me with your well thought out and respectfully executed dialog in any interview I have ever seen. You come across as a centered, thoughtful, intelligent guy who can become involved in any serious conversation, with something to contribute. I do believe that coming out is a personal decision, that the timing has to be right for each of us. That said, it is my hope that those who can, will. Certain concerns and situations will prevent others from coming into the light now. Your taking that step will make it easier for others to follow your lead; it may make it possible for things to start changing so more will be able to follow. “Don’t ask don’t tell” was little more than “a wink and a nod” that made no sense at all. Now that the policy is gone, perhaps other government agencies and government contractors will follow suit. When they do I will step into the light with you. If I did so now my job would be in peril. I do pledge now that I will ASAP.
    Wishing you continued success in both your personal and professional life. You have much to be proud of.