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.
A cynical person would say that Zachary Quinto has had several years and several opportunities to play this hand, and opting to do so now in a magazine interview and on his website by juxtaposing his “coming out” narrative with the deaths of gay teenagers is delusional at best (as if a C-list celebrity could–or should!–wield any influence over whether or not someone should kill him or herself) and desperate at worst (surely this will land him a coveted spot in this year’s “Out 100″).
And the average person would say, “Who the fuck is Zachary Quinto?”