It’s been a hard gays Knight

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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.’’

On-set row:

Isa­iah Wash­ing­ton.

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