Time for a gay Trek character? Zachary Quinto says, 'I don't know'

Star Trek's Zachary Quinto has been making news ever since coming out as a gay man just a few days ago. Since then, the actor has received nothing but warm support from his throng of adoring fans and countless people from all over the world. Now what fans also want to know are his thoughts on finally getting a gay character on Trek.

In a lengthy new interview with Star Trek.com, Quinto—whom we'll soon get to see, eyebrows and all, as a maybe-not-so-friendly ghost in FX's awesome new series American Horror Story—first said about his recent coming out:

I've been met with nothing but support, from everyone, in the past couple of days since I made that announcement. My Star Trek fans have always been incredibly supportive of everything that I've done, and I'm certainly glad to see that that remains the case. I'm just really overwhelmed by and grateful for the unanimous outpouring of love and encouragement from literally all over the world, which I did not anticipate when I made that announcement. I did not imagine what an impact it would have, and from the feedback I've gotten, what a positive impact it's been.

So, as both an openly gay man AND the guy who now gets to portray the U.S.S. Enterprise's Vulcan first officer, Lt. Cmdr. Spock, does the former Heroes actor think that it's the right time to finally have a gay character on one of sci-fi's most iconic series?

Oh ... I don't know the answer to that question. Not just for the sake of having one. But if there's a way to incorporate that aspect of our social structure in a creatively integrous way, then I certainly wouldn't be opposed to it. But I'm not a big fan of doing anything just for the sake of doing it, so I think there'd have to be a real undercurrent of purpose if that was the case, and I mean creatively, not just politically.

What do you think about Zachary Quinto's answer? Do you agree with him?

J.J. Abrams' Star Trek 2 (XII) is set to start filming in January 2012.

(via Star Trek.com part 1, part 2)

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