Zachary was honored at the US-Ireland Aliiance’s 2017 Oscar Wilde Awards held at Bad Robot on Thursday (February 23) in Santa Monica, Calif.
Accepting his award, Quinto, who is half Irish, said as “an openly gay man in Hollywood” he had been inspired by Wilde’s “inability to back down”.
“I feel like as far as we’ve come in the last 120 years, there are protests going on tonight about the reversal of protections for transgender children in this country,” he said.
“I believe it is all of our responsibilities to stand up and be authentic and be visible and fight for people who are striving to find their way in this world, even if it is not reflected back in the same way as everybody else.
“Oscar Wilde is someone who taught me that before I even knew it.”
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