Movie Star Speaks Out Against Bullying

October 17, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2011 at 11:15 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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October 17, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2011 at 11:15 AM EDT


Williamsville, N.Y. (WKBW) - His name is Zachary Quinto and could be seen as Spock in the 2009 "Star Trek" remake or the character Sylar on the television show "Heroes'.

Now, Quinto is taking on a new role by speaking out about bullying and admitting that he is gay on his website. He said he made this confession after hearing about Jamey Rodemeyer's death. Jamey was a Williamsville teen who took his own life after being bullied about his sexual orientation. Quinto said he wanted to take a stand for the cause especially because he could relate to Jamey's hardships.

"When I found out that Jamey Rodemeyer killed himself, I felt deeply troubled. 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," Quinto stated on his website.

Quinto also said that Jamey's death changed his life and brought awareness to the dangers of bullying across the country.