Isaiah Washington says no to Prop. 8Published by Clay Cane on Monday, June 29, 2009 at 12:00 am.
Star of Love Jones, Get on the Bus and former cast member of Grey’s Anatomy, Isaiah Washington, has joined the No H8 campaign. Various celebrities have joined the cause saying No to Prop. 8, which bans gay marriage in California. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight Washington said:
“I voted against Prop 8. I totally think civil liberties … should be honored for everyone, especially if you’re paying taxes in this country. I strongly and vocally believe it’s the right thing to do whether you understand the lifestyle or not … It’s the right thing to do.”
Back in 2006 Washington came under fire for using anti-gay term at his co-star T.R. Knight and then using it again at the Golden Globes in 2007. Many people believe this is why his popular character was cut from Grey’s Anatomy and why the public hasn’t seen much from him since. However, Washington has been a longtime supporters of gay rights. Did Washington join the NoH8 campaign to repair his relationship with the gay community? Washington explained:
“What has been purported about me has nothing to do with who I am. I have been dealing with organizations like ACT UP for over 25 years. Right before Keith Haring passed away I was working with him. City kids of New York. Fighting for awareness of HIV/AIDS for 25 years of my life…”
Watch the interview below — Washington talks his lesbian mentor, HIV/AIDS activism and personal stories.