While the actor reiterated that he was "really glad that that's the way it all unfolded" it turns out that other homosexual actors do not share Quinto's sentiment.
A recent survey reveals that gay actors still believe that coming out influences the type of roles they are offered. According to The Guardian, only 57% of the gay actors who took the survey felt they could even disclose their sexuality to their agents.
An actor quoted in the trade magazine corroborated these statistics: "A previous agent of mine once told me to keep quiet about my sexuality and though I am out, I do not broadcast it."
Many gay actors explained that fear of being offered stereotypical roles was a major factor in their decision to remain professionally closeted.
One foil to Quinto's optimism, actor Rupert Everett told the Observer in 2011 that coming out was a mistake. "For an actor to be working (at all) is a kind of miracle, because most actors aren't. So it's just silly for a working actor to say, 'Oh, I don't care if anybody knows I'm gay' – especially if you're a leading man."
[via The Guardian]
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