Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland
A book I'm working on is set in this town.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Zachary Quinto

Zachary Quinto has publicly acknowledged what just about every gay man already knew -- that he's gay. And he did it in just the right manner, too -- making an off-hand reference to it in an article about him and how appearing in "Angels In America" affected him. I'm glad he's free and open now, and I'm even gladder that he saw the official presentation of who he is as no big deal. That one is gay or straight shouldn't matter to anyone but that person, and for others to think they have the right to dictate how someone else should live their life is the height of arrogance and evil. That he came out with a shrug instead of a banner screaming, "Look how brave I am!", to me, is the most important aspect of this while thing.

That and the elegant manner in which he referenced on his blog not only bullying but how a young boy's suicide was brought on by vicious taunts about his sexuality. Initially, he was still one of those "I've never been hidden" types who feigns surprise that everyone doesn't know about them, to me. But with the comment "...when i found out that jamey rodemeyer killed himself - i felt deeply troubled. 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 ... 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..." he turned completely from another basically closeted actor into a real man. One whom one can admire.

Y'know, I used his image in the "Star Trek" re-boot to bring two characters together in "The Lyons' Den". Daniel, the lead, dressed up as the new Spock for his Halloween/birthday party and Tad (Little Lord Perfect) revealed he has this fantasy about Quinto's take on the character. That's one of the thousand reasons why Tad approached Daniel, and when they got back to his apartment, Tad all but tore the Star Trek tunic off him moments after saying, "Leave the ears on, okay?"

Well, with or without the ears, I think Zachary's a hero (no pun intended concerning that TV show he was on since I never watched it).

Oh, and if you ever happen to read this, Zachary...I'll be Tad if you'll bring the ears. (Not that I'm hitting on you or anything so crass as that...even though I am.)

Leonard Nimoy's gotta be proud the torch is now carried by one so worthy of it.


Writer said...

Quinto is amazing. And I agree: the style of his coming out has made me admire him so much more.

It is important to publicly acknowledge our sexualities but it is also important to acknowledge that we are oh so much more. :)

JamTheCat said...

Totally agreed to.