Alright. Time for me to admit to the full extent of my epic nerdiness.
I have recently fallen in love with another fandom… Star Trek!
For some reason, I hadn’t watched the 2009 Star Trek film before, and so about a month or so ago I decided that as a self-professed Sci-Fi nerd, it was only natural that I should. Not to mention, a massive slash fan – Kirk/Spock were the original slash pairing, after all. Felt like I should pay hommage to it, or something. So… I watched it! And fell in love. The characters are so fascinating, and the cast is bloody spectacular – Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Karl Urban (woo, fellow Kiwi!) Squeee. Easy as that.
Anyway, my new obsession isn’t actually the point of this post – it was just an opportune moment to tell you all, so you don’t find it odd if I suddenly tweet or post about it.
…which leads me onto the real reason why I wanted to write this post, now.
Okay, so for those of you who don’t know, that is Zachary Quinto, AKA the actor who plays the new Spock (he’s also in Heroes, which I now feel compelled to watch). Since becoming obsessed with the Star Trek fandom, I’ve also become obsessed with him! Obviously, he is incredibly pleasant to look at… He is wonderfully intelligent, like a walking talking dictionary… *drools* Overall, Zachary is just a really sweet guy.
And he’s also just ‘officially’ come out as gay.
The way Zachary did so was just perfect. The original interview is here, and if you’re not paying attention, you could even miss it! He slips it in almost casually, not trying to make a big deal of it, but at the same time using it to say something really important about the state of our society in regards to this. He’s talking about his role in a play called ‘Angels in America‘ – his actual quote is:
Doing that play made me realize how fortunate I am to have been born when I was born. And to not have to witness the decimation of an entire generation of amazingly talented and otherwise vital men. And at the same time, as a gay man, it made me feel like I — there’s still so much work to be done. There’s still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed. The undercurrent of that fear and that, you know, insidiousness still is swarming. It’s still all around us. To revisit that world at all, it took a toll on me. It definitely was an incredible experience but it was really daunting at times.
After this admission, Zachary also posted a wee personal note on his website, which states even more explicitly his passionate feelings on the issue (he’s talking about Jamey Rodemeyer’s suicide being the catalyst). Here’s the bit that spoke to me:
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. [...] 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.
To me, that… it’s just so heartfelt. Almost made me tear up the first time I read it. Because it’s true, every word.
I mean, I can see why Zachary probably hadn’t come out earlier. He seems like quite a private person, and so probably didn’t see why he should have to talk about his orientation – after all, it’s really no-one’s business. If I were in that position, I think I’d feel the same way.
And yet, on the other hand… when you feel truly passionate and committed to a cause, and want to help in whatever way possible, sometimes these admissions are necessary. I mean, I could be completely wrong here, but this is just my (educated) guess as to the reasons behind Zachary’s decision. He has never denied being gay. As an actor in the spotlight, you can’t really blame him for wanting some privacy wherever he can get it. And now that he has come out, I feel fully confident in saying that I believe he will continue on as he has always done, being true to himself.
So, Zachary Qunito – I thank you for being so elegant, so brave, so heartfelt, and so honest about everything. Seriously, I thought I adored him before this. I sure hope it can pave the way for others.
::EDIT:: Look, he’s inspired someone already! Dan Kloeffler’s ‘To Boldy Go…‘ post.
It all makes a difference.