Zachary Quinto spoke before last night’s Jeffrey Fashion Cares benefit auction and opened up about what it is like to be gay and such a high profiled member of the entertainment industry. The event has become a standard in the fashion industry, this is its 13 year in production, and features an auction which raises money to help with HIV prevention and ongoing research.
Style reported that Quinto, who co-hosted the event, discussed why it is such a powerful time to be a part of the LGBT community, “I think we’re living in such a crucial moment in the evolution of LGBT equality and rights. On one hand you have the incredible ground that we’ve gained in the last five years, but on the other side of it you have people in Indiana and Washington who are crowd-sourcing a million dollars to monetize and publicize bigotry and hatred. I feel like unity and visibility and standing together and raising awareness and raising money and combating that kind of hatred is really important now more than ever,” said Quinto.
Other major names in the audience included Anna Wintour, Steven Kolb, Joseph Altuzarra, Catherine McNeil, and Narciso Rodriguez. Rodriguez explained that events like these are very important to show support for the LGBT community. “The fashion community is supported by the LGBT youth, so we need to be here to support the organizations that help so many people. We’re directly linked. We’re family.”
This year’s event featured major names in fashion and some high priced auction items which included a trip to men’s fashion week in Paris and New York City. Another highly anticipated item was airfare and two tickets to Elton John’s Oscar party.