10 Inspiring Coming Out Speeches

Zachary Quinto

In 2010, Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto recorded an “It Gets Better” video as part of The Trevor Project to show his support to struggling lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. A year later, he gave an interview in New York Magazine where he publicly came out. An 8-week stint in the play Angels in America and the rising number of gay teen suicides prompted a heartfelt note on his website:

“In light of [Jamey Rodemeyer’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 [sic] 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.”

Read the letter in full over here.