The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today premiered a powerful public service announcement (PSA) from Grey's Anatomy star T.R. Knight. The 20-second spot, unveiled in recognition of National Coming Out Day, features Knight telling viewers how important it is to accept their gay friends and family members.
National Coming Out Day is observed every October 11. This year is especially meaningful, as 2007 marks the 20th anniversary of the 1987 Gay and Lesbian March on Washington and the unfurling of the AIDS Memorial Quilt on the National Mall.
The PSA is also a landmark for Knight personally, as one year ago, he came out in the October 19, 2006 issue of People magazine. He made history, becoming the first actor to publicly come out while appearing on one of the nation's top-rated shows.
"More and more gay people like T.R. are living their lives openly and honestly," says GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. "T.R.'s coming out has had tremendous impact in terms of creating awareness, understanding and acceptance."
Approximately every two weeks during the coming year, GLAAD will release multiple 20- and 30-second versions of the spots. The PSAs will also be available through broadcast collaborations with Access Hollywood, national cable networks such as Fox Reality, GSN, IFC, Lifetime, The N, Sci Fi Channel and Sundance Channel; local cable systems and network affiliates; online at LiveVideo, YouTube, AOL Video and MySpace; and others to be announced.
Media outlets interested in running the PSAs should email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (323) 634-2013. Artwork of select participants can be downloaded here: http://www.glaad.org/ally/photos.php. The spots can be embedded from LiveVideo here: http://www.livevideo.com/GLAAD.
The PSAs were directed by Nadine Licostie, and produced by Licostie and Connie Grazia for Red Thread Productions.
About GLAAD : the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org.
(Oui, je sais, il y a 10 jours je condamnais l'existence de la journée du coming-out. Mais puisque c'est une réalité qu'il faut prendre en compte et contre laquelle je ne peux rien, puisque T.R. Knight, "outé" sur un plateau de tournage, y a pris part, j'y apporte ma pierre en vous montrant ci-dessus la vision américaine de la chose...)