Zachary Quinto Came Out Because of Gay Teen Suicide Victim Jamey Rodemeyer

| by Michael Allen

Actor Zachary Quinto has revealed the reason he opened up about being gay: The tragic suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer, the gay teen who ended his life in September because he was being bullied.

Writing to his blog on Sunday, Quinto posted: "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."

The actor also said that Jamey's death made him wish that he had come out sooner: "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."

Quinto, who came out in an interview with New York Magazine, is best known for playing Spock in the 2009 'Star Trek' film and Sylar on the TV show 'Heroes.'