T.R. Knight: “There’s a Strength in Coming Out”
T.R. Knight didn’t publicly come out on his own timeline, but he says, “There’s a strength in coming out.”
T.R. publicly acknowledged his sexuality in October 2006 after news broke of an alleged on-set argument between co-stars Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey, in which T.R. says Isaiah referred to him by a homophobic slur.
"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,” he says now. “I’m lucky that it wasn’t dangerous for me.”
But once out, LGBT individuals can find solidarity, according to the 42-year-old.
“There’s a strength that comes from being true to yourself,” he says. “I think we are stronger when we all have each other. So the more people that come out, the more people that are true to themselves, the stronger, I think, we all will be.”
And he doesn’t take it lightly that he was able to marry now-husband Patrick Leahy in 2013.
“To be allowed to be wearing this [ring] and have it be legal, that's incredible. I’m very thankful for that. There are a lot of people who suffered greatly in order for me to have my story.”
Spoken like a true Knight!