Zachary Quinto is “Out and Proud”

Mark Harris is a contributing editor for New York magazine and posted the tweet above yesterday, presumably in reference to a Zachary Quinto interview to appear in an upcoming issue. What to make of this?

It was less than a year ago that Quinto shut down a brief Q&A with New York mag for asking “too personal” questions. It’s quite possible Harris’ tweet is being disingenuous by referencing, say, Quinto being out and about in Manhattan and proud to be working on American Horror Story.

If so, that’s really shoddy of Harris. But if this guy is really saying that Zachary Quinto will in fact be coming out as gay, then… well, that’s sort of shoddy too. He’s essentially stolen Quinto’s thunder.

Update Sunday 9:00am:

A publicist for New York Magazine has issued the following release:

In this week’s New York magazine, on newsstands Monday October 17 and online now, actor Zachary Quinto, perhaps best known as Spock in J.J. Abrams’s Star Trek, says definitively that he’s gay. Quinto tells New York contributing editor Benjamin Wallace, of his eight-month role last year in Angels in America, “…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.”

Quinto has played a series of gay roles, including on Tori Spelling’s TV show So NoTORIous, and on the new FX series American Horror Story,
and has been outspoken about gay-rights issues, but he has not
previously identified himself as gay. Speaking with Wallace about the
cultural bipolarity that can see gay marriage legalized in New York in
the same year that yet another gay teenager was bullied and killed
himself, Quinto says, “And again, as a gay man I look at that and say
there’s a hopelessness that surrounds it, but as a human being I look at
it and say ‘Why? Where’s this disparity coming from, and why can’t we
as a culture and society dig deeper to examine that?’ We’re terrified of
facing ourselves.”

Quinto, currently promoting his film Margin Call, a
financial-crisis thriller in which he co-stars alongside Kevin Spacey,
Stanley Tucci
, and Jeremy Irons and the first feature for his production
company, also addresses the Wall Street protesters with Wallace: “As a
left-leaning Democrat, I feel a sense of resonance with their position.
 But as a citizen of this country, I feel deeply unsettled that people
are rising up in movements against each other. It feels like we’re
missing the mark … The bottom line is we’re all fucked, and we’re all in
this together.”

The extended Q&A with Quinto is online at Vulture.

Update #2 Sunday noon:

Zachary Quinto has made a statement via his website. In it he says, quite eloquently, that the tragic recent death of Jamey Rodemeyer is what prompted him to ultimately come out:

“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 for 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.”

You can read Quinto’s full statement here.

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