Zachary Quinto has confirmed, for the first time publicly, that he's gay. He has played gay characters in the past, most notably on Tori Spelling's show NoTORIous and on American Horror Story. But it was his acclaimed role on Broadway in Angels in America, set in the early days of the AIDS epidemic, that inspired him to be vocal about his sexuality for the first time. "As a gay man, it made me feel that there is so much work to do," Quinto told New York magazine. "There's still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed." He also discusses teen suicide as the result of bullying, saying, "As a gay man I look at that and say that there is 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."
He's right, but by facing himself in a public way, he's doing his part to create change and give confidence to those struggling with their sexual identity. Hollywood needs more like him!