‘Heroes’ Actor Puts Rumors to Rest, Comes Out About His Sexuality

Oct 17, 2011  •  Post A Comment

One of the former co-stars of NBC’s “Heroes” came out about his sexuality after being the subject of speculation on the blogosphere, New York Magazine reports.

Zachary Quinto told the magazine that he’s gay while talking about bullying that many teenagers face because of their sexuality.

Quinto, 34, had been the focus of speculation about his sexuality on the Internet, and previously opted not to talk about his personal life, the story notes.

Talking about the cultural clash over gay marriage on one hand and anti-gay bullying on the other, Quinto told the magazine, “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, who played the villain Sylar on "Heroes" and recently portrayed Spock in J.J. Abrams’ version of "Star Trek," addressed his interview in a blog post, writing, "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."

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