Actor Zachary Quinto Comes Out For Jamey Rodemeyer
Actor Zachary Quinto, “Spock” in the 2009 “Star Trek” movie and “Sylar” on the show “Heroes,” acknowledged that he is homosexual in a Sunday post,apparently in part due to a local teen’s suicide.
When I found out that Jamey Rodemeyer killed himself — I felt deeply troubled, Quinto posted. 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, Quinto wrote. 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.
Rodemeyer was found dead September 18 outside his parents’ Western New York home. Jamey’s parents said he had experienced years of being bullied over his sexual orientation. His suicide was also recently noted by Lady Gaga, who dedicated a song to him at a concert, just a few weeks ago.
“It Gets Better” is a national campaign is aimed at gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered youth who may experience bullying.