Zachary Quinto has inspired ABC's World News Now reporter Dan Kloeffler to come out as a homosexual man on air.
Kloeffler, who hosts the 3:00 a.m. news program that has its own polka theme song, revealed his own sexuality after discussing Quinto's coming out that he would break his own rule of not dating actors for a chance with Mr. Quinto, reports Gawker.
Kloeffler did not want to make the issue into a editorialized headline. He even joked, 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! on the ABC News website.
He then went on to say he came out for the same reason that Zach decided to come out, I too, no longer wanted to hide this part of my life.
As a journalist, I don't want to be the story, but as a gay man I don't want to stand silent if I can offer some inspiration or encouragement to kids that might be struggling with who they are, he added.
Quinto came out as a gay man on his personal blog, after hearing the news that 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer had killed himself because of bullying.
When I found out that Jamey Rodemeyer killed himself, Quinto posted, I felt deeply troubled. But when I found out that Jamey Rodemyer made an 'It Gets Better' video only months before taking his own life -- I felt indescribable despair.
Rodemeyer committed suicide due to the gay bullying he was held victim to at the hands of fellow classmates.
He faced years of bullying due to his sexuality with peers torturing him on social networking sites saying: JAMIE IS STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND [sic] UGLY. HE MUST DIE! and I wouldn't care if you died. No one would. So just do it :) It would make everyone WAY more happier!
Kloeffler is also troubled by the bullying children face nowadays.
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, he writes.
Lady Gaga has been an activist for gay rights since entering the spotlight. She was deeply affected by Jamey Rodemeyer's suicide and vowed to campaign to President Obama for anti-bullying legislation.
The past days I've spent reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someones life, the singer tweeted.