Sunday, October 16, 2011

Spock is Gay

No, not that Spock. The new one. From the reboot all Trekkers wanted to hate but couldn't help but love. Spock actor Zachary Quinto has announced he is gay:
"At the same time," he adds, "as a gay man, it made me feel like there's still so much work to be done, and there's still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed."
Zachary Quinto: I'm a Gay Man | Zachary Quinto
It's always the hot ones *sigh*

It wasn't a huge announcement, with a press conference or a parade, just an honest interview with People magazine. 

While reading the article, I broke my own self-imposed rule and read the comments. It always amazes me to read things like this:

Who cares if he's gay? What one does in one's personal life is their business. It would be a more relevant article if it were about what his next projects are going to be acting-wise; I'm not interested in what he does in his private life.
No one ever talks about someone's heterosexuality as being "one's personal life" that should be kept private. When pictures of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with their children are splashed all over magazines, people don't get all up in arms about them flaunting their heterosexual relationship and their ability to breed. I mean, can you imagine?
"Oh my god, just look at them! Who cares if they're together? Their personal life is their business. And look at all those kids! Disgusting. Why are we glorifying this? I'm not interested in what they do in their private life."
Who someone loves and wants to spend their life with is not private business. The intimate details of their life together is, sure, but not the fact that they're together (unless they want it private). Simply announcing you are queer doesn't give any intimate details into your life. Why do so many people jump right to sex when they hear the word gay? 

It is important for people to come out because of assumed heterosexuality. We live in a heteronormative/heterosexist society, as witnessed by the comments people make whenever famous people come out. Or the comments people make about National Coming Out Day. Or, you know, every day life. It is not ok to tell people they have to keep their relationships private. 


So rock on, Mr. Quinto. Live Long, and Prosper. 


Update: Zachary Quinto made this touching blog post about why he decided to come out:
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.
Big thanks to Mary who posted the link over on our Facebook group!