Zachary Quinto Applauded by Fans for Coming Out

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"Congrats Zachary Quinto for actually having the b-lls to come out," tweets one, while another opines that "I'll be even gladder when sexual orientation is no longer 'news.'"

Zachary Quinto is earning praise from fans for publicly acknowledging his homosexuality for the first time.

Over the weekend, Quinto -- known for his roles in the TV series Heroes and the recent Star Trek reboot -- spoke about being gay in an interview with New York magazine as well as in a blog post on his website, saying he was motivated to do so after learning of the death of Jamey Rodemeyer, the gay teen who committed suicide last month after years of being bullied.

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“In light of Jamey's death," he wrote, "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."

Fans are applauding his decision. In fact, so many hit Twitter to weigh in that "Zachary Quinto" became a trending topic on the social-networking site. Among the comments:

Rachel FigueroaLevin
I'm glad that Zachary Quinto feels good enough to come out of the closet. I'll be even gladder when sexual orientation is no longer "news"

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Chase Masterson
Huge respect for @ZacharyQuinto.

Michelle Visage
Bravo to Zachary Quinto for coming out. Soooo many of his fans who struggle everyday with their sexuality have another reason to be strong

Paulie Fenty
Congrats Zachary Quinto for actually having the b-lls to come out, since there's so many in the industry scared to ruin their career.

Sarah Colonna
I'm so glad that Zachary Quinto came out. Mostly b/c of the time I saw him in person and attempted to flirt but he didn't care.

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Jennifer Arrow
So glad Zachary Quinto felt ready and able to come out. Love him.

Jo Garfein
It doesn't matter if you're famous or not - it takes courage to come out to anyone. Bravo, Zachary Quinto. Live long & prosper, indeed.

Chris Geidner
Changing times. Thank you, @ZacharyQuinto, for your strength & honesty. It really does get better.

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Amanda Sales
Good for him!

Janet Gorman
Wonder if we can make it an entire 24 hours with Zachary Quinto trending?! go @ZacharyQuinto you're already reaching a lot of people!

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