Dan Kloeffler an ABC news anchor came out on the air inspired by the Zachary Quinto’s coming out story. Later on he wrote about his announcement on ABC News Website
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! Yunji de Nies and I were talking about celebrity headlines, when I read the story about Zachary Quinto, who played Spock in ?Star Trek,? coming out as gay in a magazine interview. Because WNN is a show where you can offer some personality, I had a little fun with the story saying that I would drop my rule against dating actors.
I?ve never shared that I?m gay on-air, even though I?ve been out to my family, friends and co-workers for years. In fact, an old boyfriend ? now best friend ? has always given me a hard time about not doing so. But for the same reason that Zach decided to come out, I too, no longer wanted to hide this part of my life.
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.
And it did.
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.
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