Out actor Zachary Quinto has sparked controversy after slamming the gay community for forgetting the tragic legacy of AIDS which was a death sentence for so many gay men in the 80s and 90s.

Quinto opened up to Out Magazine:

“I think there’s a tremendous sense of complacency in the LGBT community,” Quinto says, citing the rising number of HIV infections in adolescents. “AIDS has lost the edge of horror it possessed when it swept through the world in the ’80s. Today’s generation sees it more as something to live with and something to be much less fearful of. And that comes with a sense of, dare I say, laziness.”Quinto is similarly candid on prophylactic drugs, like PrEP, which many gay people have embraced as a long-awaited panacea. “We need to be really vigilant and open about the fact that these drugs are not to be taken to increase our ability to have recreational sex,” he says. “There’s an incredible underlying irresponsibility to that way of thinking…and we don’t yet know enough about this vein of medication to see where it’ll take us down the line.”

It’s somewhat disorienting to hear a celebrity speak so passionately about divisive issues in the LGBT community. But as the public faces of American culture become more diverse over time, sober, thoughtful voices like Quinto’s will steer the type of dialogue that is honest and vital.

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