ABC anchor Dan Kloeffler on Monday came out gay while reporting a World News Now story on Zachary Quinto's coming out gay.

Quinto, who is best known for playing a young Spock in the 2009 J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek reboot, came out gay on Sunday in an interview with New York Magazine. The 34-year-old Quinto later revealed that he was inspired to come out by Jamey Rodemeyer, the 14-year-old Buffalo-area student who committed suicide last month after being bullied for coming out gay.

In reporting the story, Kloeffler turned to co-anchor Yunji de Nies and said, “He's 34, I'm 35. I'm thinking I could lose my distraction about dating actors.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Kloeffler expanded on his coming out in a blog post.

“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,” he wrote. “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 related to the feelings I was having. Most of all, I wanted to know that it would get better.”

“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,” Kloeffler added.