For the first time, Zachary Quinto has opened up about being gay, explaining in an interview with New York magazine how much starring in the AIDS-themed Angels in America has affected him, calling it the “most challenging thing I’ve ever done as an actor, and the most rewarding.

At the same time, 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, who had previously refrained from comment on his sexuality, says he was compelled to do so after the suicide of bullied 14-year-old Jamie Rodemeyer.

“As a gay man, I look at that and say there’s a hopelessness that surrounds it,” he says.

 

“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.”

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