As a complete out of the loop the past week I missed the memo where the internet, apparently, was backlashing Zachary over his comments regarding HIV/AIDS on the OUT100 interview (which now, btw, can be found in our gallery as well). He posted a response to it on The Huffington Post:
I am thrilled that the comments I made in my cover interview for OUT 100 have generated a spirited dialogue about HIV/AIDS — and the advent of a whole new class of preventative life saving medication. I am less thrilled that they were almost entirely misconstrued. Perhaps I could have been more articulate — but my comments were never meant to be incendiary or judgmental.
I am a staunch advocate for the rights and well-being of the LGBT community. I have deep compassion and empathy for people living with HIV/AIDS. I am assuredly not internally homophobic or poz-phobic or willfully ignorant regarding this issue. I am a well-adjusted and well-educated gay man. I have read and understand the way PrEP works, and at least the most basic science behind its practical applications — although I am always open to learning more. I support and encourage the amazing work done by HIV/AIDS awareness organizations — as well as the many research and treatment organizations that exist across the country and the world. I did not intend to make generalizations about the LGBT community at large — or people living with HIV/AIDS or people in love with someone living with HIV/AIDS.
Read the full text on huffingtonpost.com/zacharyquinto
OUT Magazine revealed their OUT100 20th Anniversary, “On the Shoulders of Giants”, special covers. One of them is featuring Zach, as Artist of the Year.
His rise and sheer ubiquity in Hollywood are reflective both of his strength as an actor and professional savvy, but also of the rapidly shifting currents of gay rights in American. And yet, while history is being written in the present, he urges us not to forget the past. “I think there’s a tremendous sense of complacency in the LGBT community,” he says, citing the rising number of HIV infections among adolescents. “AIDS has lost the edge of horror it possessed when it swept through the world in the ‘80s. Today’s generation sees it more as something to live with and something to be much less fearful of. And that comes with a sense of, dare I say, laziness.”
Read more on OUT100 special profiles at out100.com
The first official image of upcoming film Michael has surfaced, featuring James Franco and Zachary Quinto, anticipating The American Film Market which opens today. The film marks the directorial debut of Justin Kelly and tells the story of Michael Glatze (Franco), a gay activist who denounces his homosexuality and becomes an anti-gay pastor. Quinto plays his ex-boyfriend, and Emma Roberts and Chris Zylka are also involved.
The script was penned by Kelly and Stacey Miller, and is based on the New York Times Magazine article “My Ex-Gay Friend” by Benoit Denizet-Lewis. Franco, Vince Jolivette, Michael Mendelsohn, Ron Singer and Scott Reed are all producing with van Sant serving as executive producer.
Zachary Quinto praised Renée Zellweger over Twitter for responding to critics of her new look the way she did.
At last night’s GQ Gentlemen’s Ball in New York, Cosmopolitan.com caught up with Quinto and asked him to expand on that. His response was wonderful.
We loved your tweet in defense of Renée Zellweger today. What made you do that?
I don’t know. I thought [the Internet response] was completely bizarre and really aggressive, and it infiltrated the zeitgeist in such a powerful way in such a short amount of time — and she looks amazing, first of all. Second of all, she acknowledged her position, and I thought she did it in an intelligent and classy way. And third of all, so what? You know what I mean? Who’s not getting work done? Who’s not trying to bend to the unrealistic expectations of women when they’re young, let alone when they’re older? I thought she did it in a really bold and beautiful way. I think she looks amazing and if she’s happy, then shut the fuck up, everybody.
Alright, alright, bad news out of the way first. That whole ‘chances of an AHS appearance’ thing up there? The chances are not good.
I caught up with Zachary Quinto, Star Trek’s newest Spock and producer of The Chair on STARZ, at The New York Television Festival’s screening and panel for The Chair. And yeah, rough news Dr. Thredson fans.
“I have no plans, and I’ve had no conversations with them about returning,” Mr. Quinto told me. “For now I’m content to just be an audience member. I do think this new season is dynamic and bold but, yeah, I don’t think so.”