Broadway actor Zachary Quinto, who had avoided confirming or denying his sexuality, came out — without drama — in a New York magazine profile in October 2011. Unlike Ellen DeGeneres’ TIME cover announcing she is gay, Quinto’s sexuality was not the focus of the story. He had acknowledged his very public role as a gay-rights advocate in a New York Times profile a year earlier, but had skirted the question of his own sexuality. “I would much rather talk about [the issues] than talk about who I sleep with,” he told the Times in 2010. When profiled by New York, Quinto again spoke about his advocacy work, but this time acknowledged his sexuality. The actor, who has played several gay roles, was playing a gay character in Angels in America at the time. Acknowledging almost casually that he is gay, Quinto spoke about his feelings about the role and current events. “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,” he told New York.
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