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 out,” Knight said.

“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.”