It’s been a hard gays Knight
T.R. KNIGHT, who has found fame as George O’Malley in medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, has won widespread applause for his openness about his private life.
Knight has recorded a public service announcement designed to help people who are homosexual feel confident about coming out.
The actor believes he was forced to come out after Isaiah Washington’s on-set spat with co-star Patrick Dempsey.
Though Washington has denied he used the word ‘‘faggot’’ in relation to Knight, Knight felt compelled to make a public statement.
‘‘I guess there have been a few questions about my sexuality and I’d like to quiet any unnecessary rumours that may be out there,’’ Knight says.
‘‘While I prefer to keep my personal life private, I hope the fact I’m gay is not the most interesting part of me.’’
Knight has since been championed by gay-rights groups for taking a stand. He joined forces with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to shoot a public service announcement in recognition of National Coming Out Day, explaining in the ad how important it is to accept gay friends and family members.
In an interview on the Grey’s Anatomy set, Knight is reluctant to visit past traumas.
Asked if there was a time last year when he stopped enjoying going to work, he says: ‘‘You know, I really like horses and I hate beating a dead one. You know what I mean? With all due respect, this is season four now, so I’m happy to be here.’’
Has he forgiven Washington for the upset he had to endure?
‘‘Like I said, it’s a new season,’’ he says. ‘‘That’s where I aminmy head space.’’
Knight, however, is happy to concede he shares something in common with his Grey’s character, O’Malley.
Both, it seems, have had their awkward moments in asking people out.
‘‘How do you ask someone out? I have no idea,’’ Knight says with a laugh.
‘‘My tongue freezes up. This happened the other day. Someone pointed it out to me. I start talking really loud and laughing way too much.’’