Zachary Quinto Comes Out After Another Gay Teen Suicide
Zachary Quinto, who many of you know as Sylar from Heroes and/or Spock from Star Trek, has recently come out publicly (in the New York magazine) as a gay man. On his blog he points to the recent suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer as the catalyst for his coming out, since Jamey recently made an “It Gets Better” video but could not bear the constant bullying he was going through because of his sexual orientation (he identified as bisexual). Quinto also released a video for the cause that you can see below:
Okay umm so here’s the thing. I really, really, really appreciate his public confession that he is indeed gay (many people already knew this). BUT I think part of the reason we are seeing such a dramatic increase in suicide for this particular group (young LGBT folk) is because to some extent it has been glorified, and this might be adding to it.
Oh please don’t hate me for this.
Here’s what I know. There’s evidence that when famous people kill themselves suicides tend to go up, as well as single occupant car crashes (which may also be suicides). It’s believed that suicide becomes a more real option for people who are dealing with a lot and they see it as a way out. But when the suicide is talked about as a morally wrong act or even a dumb act, this effect tends to go away.
So when a young kid kills himself and someone steps up and says, “Now I will be braver,” it *might* send the message that killing yourself is an act of courage and will make a positive difference in the world. So for me, Mr. Quinto’s coming out is bittersweet.
Here’s the other thing, I’m not really sure how to address this. On the one hand no child should be committing suicide because of being bullied, so these issues definitely need to be addressed. But on the other hand we don’t want to make it seem like it’s a viable option if you ARE getting bullied and teased. *sigh*
(On a side note I LOVE Zachary Quinto, I was completely in love with Sylar…yes even though he was psychotic. Did you see the picture up there??)