Zachary Quinto's Coming Out Statement

Here is the official coming out statement of Zachary Quinto who plays Sylar is the TV Series, Heroes and Spock in the 2009 remake of Star Trek.

"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. i also made an it gets better video last year - in the wake of the senseless and tragic gay teen suicides that were sweeping the nation at the time. but in light of jamey's death - 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. our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay lesbian bisexual and transgendered citizen of this country. gay kids need to stop killing themselves because they are made to feel worthless by cruel and relentless bullying. parents need to teach their children principles of respect and acceptance. we are witnessing an enormous shift of collective consciousness throughout the world. we are at the precipice of great transformation within our culture and government. i believe in the power of intention to change the landscape of our society - and 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." (Source)

I am a believer that things do get better. But at a time when things are most difficult, kids today have to know that there are people that they could talk to. They have to know that if there is any form of bullying and abuse, it is not enough that they avoid it, they have to report it. Not all adults will understand what you're going through but you just have to keep looking and not just give up.

For adults, we must do our share to make sure that hate, especially by people that has a range of influence over others - be it celebrities (Willie Revillame, Anthony Taberna, Mon Tulfo) or people within the church,  is never tolerated. 

If you are out, expect to be treated just like every other straight person. Equality is a right. Demand for it. 

There would be people that could not bring themselves to come out because of fear of judgement and because society is cruel. That's alright too. Do not force anyone to come out if they are not ready. Being in the closet is a way to survive and a way to protect their livelihood for some people. Consider yourself lucky if you have the capacity to be yourself. Fight for those that could not fight for their rights and be sure to educate those clouded by bigotry. 

Equality may look like an impossible goal at the moment and we may not even fully achieve it in this lifetime, but it isn't so bad that people would not understand. There are always those that will understand you. If you are always getting in trouble or abused, ask for help and believe that beyond all the darkness, things do get better. Hold on to that. Fight for that. Live. And one day, you will see it happen. 

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