Zachary Quinto, 34, has for the first time, publicly discussed being gay in an interview with New York.

Quinto recently had an eight-month run in the New York stage revival of Angels in America, where he played the character Louis Ironson, a man who abandoned his AIDS-stricken boyfriend.He told New York magazine that the eight-month was not only the most challenging thing he's ever done, but also the most rewarding.

And at the same time, 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, Quinto said in the interview.

Quinto has played different gay roles on TV to include on Tori Spelling's So NoTORIous and on the FX series American Horror Story. He has been outspoken before about gay-rights issues.

There were speculations last year that about his sexuality, but Quinto told the media he prefers not to feed the rumor mill with either substantiation or dismissal. 

In the New York nterview Quinto spoke about legalizing gay marriage and the suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer, a gay teen who was bullied, noting that when it comes to the different rights and treatment that come with being a homosexual there's a hopelessness that surrounds it. 

Where's this disparity coming from, and why can't we as a culture and society dig deeper to examine that? Quinto said. We're terrified of facing ourselves.