Out actor T.R. Knight this week said
that he believes there's a “strength” in coming out gay.
The 42-year-old Knight made his
comments while promoting the upcoming Hulu miniseries 11.22.63,
which is based on Stephen King's 2011 novel of the same name.
“I think there's a strength in coming
“It's not easy no matter what, and
for some people, it's extremely hard, because they're faced with
being beaten or being ostracized or being kicked out of their home or
being killed. … I'm lucky that it wasn't dangerous for me.”
Knight left the role he's best known
for, playing Dr. George O'Malley on ABC's Grey's Anatomy, in
2009, several years after he and co-star Isaiah Washington were
involved in an altercation in which Washington hurled a gay slur at
Knight. Shortly afterward, he publicly addressed his sexuality for
the first time.
“I think we are stronger when we all
have each other,” he continued. “So the more people that come
out, the more people that are true to themselves, the stronger, I
think, we all will be.”
“To be allowed to be wearing this and
have it be legal, that's incredible,” he said, gesturing to his
wedding band. “I'm very thankful for that. There are a lot of
people who suffered greatly in order for me to have my story.”