Zachary Quinto Comes Out - Part Deux
ABC news reporter Dan Kloeffler is filling in on the late night news program, World News Now. While reporting the news that Zachary Quinto came out publicly, Kloeffler decided to follow suit.
The Hollywood Reporter noted that Dan non-chalantly made the following remarks:
Rather than making a formal announcement, however, Kloeffler let the news slip in a joking aside.
"He's 34, I'm 35 -- I'm thinking, I can lose my distraction about dating actors for that one, maybe," he quipped of Quinto, best known for his roles in the TV series Heroes and the recent Star Trek reboot.
In an ABC news blog posting, called “To Boldly Go...” - Dan said:
Kind of a big moment for me while filling in on World News Now, which is by far the most fun you can legally have at 3:00 in the morning! Yunji de Nies and I were talking about celebrity headlines, when I read the story about Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in “Star Trek,” coming out as gay in a magazine interview. Because WNN is a show where you can offer some personality, I had a little fun with the story saying that I would drop my rule against dating actors.
I’ve never shared that I’m gay on-air, even though I’ve been out to my family, friends and co-workers for years. In fact, an old boyfriend – now best friend – has always given me a hard time about not doing so. But for the same reason that Zach decided to come out, I too, no longer wanted to hide this part of my life.
There have been too many tragic endings and too many cases of bullying because of intolerance. As a kid I wanted someone to look up to, someone that could relate to the feelings I was having. Most of all, I wanted to know that it would get better.
And it did.
Bravo Dan! You came out in a way that was funny, brilliant, and sincere.
I hope that more public figures follow Zachary and Dan’s examples.