Zachary Quinto (43), the star of the movie Star Trek and who most recently joined the cast of “The Boys in The Band” on Netflix, told Variety that he decided to come out in 2011 due to the growing number of suicides among teenagers .
“There was a wave of [homossexuais] teen suicides going on. I just felt that I had an obligation [de contar que era gay] at that moment “ – he said, also adding that he would feel hypocritical about not exposing his sexual orientation – “I felt that I was actively harming a group of young people who could benefit from choosing to expose themselves”.
Commenting on his participation in The Boys in The Band, he says he is eager to know what the public will say about it.
“I was thinking about it the other day – how excited I am to be able to share this story with such a wide audience. I met so many people since we did the play, virtually or personally, that they said, ‘I’m so disappointed that I didn’t get to go to New York ‘or’ I couldn’t see on Broadway ‘. Being able to take that story and amplify it around the world is now exciting. ”
In the United States, a survey conducted by Columbia University in 2012 with 32,000 anonymous young people aged between 13 and 17 years also concluded that LGBTQIA+ are five times more likely to attempt suicide, however, the more receptive the social environment in which they live, the lower the numbers of suicide.
This study reinforces another one published by the journal “Pediatrics” in 2011, which also showed a higher proportion of suicidal ideation among LGBTs people, with the number of 21.5% against 4.2% among the straight. The same survey also showed that in hostile environments regarding sexual orientation, LGBT had a 20% higher risk of giving up on life. According to anthropologist Renan Antônio da Silva, in more conservative environments, LGBT tends to hide their feelings for fear of disapproval or violence, generating feelings of frustration and suicidal ideation.