Jamey Rodemeyer was 14 years old when he committed suicide, a result of the gay-bashing he received in person and online. Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Heroes) now states that Rodemeyer changed his life. Because of the boy's suicide, Quinto has officially come out.
In a post to his website, Quinto wrote that Rodemeyer's suicide troubled him—even more so after he learned that Rodemeyer had made an "It Gets Better" video, a video made by gay adults to prevent suicide and despair in gay youth by describing how their lives improved after high school.
... in light of jamey'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 citizen of this country.
...we are witnessing an enormous shift of collective consciousness throughout the world. we are at the precipice of great transformation within our culture and government. 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. jamey rodemeyer's life changed mine. and while his death only makes me wish that i had done this sooner - i am eternally grateful to him for being the catalyst for change within me. now i can only hope to serve as the same catalyst for even one other person in this world. that - i believe - is all that we can ask of ourselves and of each other.
We wish Quinto the best in his new, authentic life. And yeah, we'll say it: Live long and prosper.