Public Outing of T.R. Knight, Others Suggests Greater Societal Problems

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Patrick Dempsey & T.R. Knight
Two weeks ago, as we all know by now, T.R. Knight, one of the stars of Grey's Anatomy, one of the most popular shows on television, came out of the closet publicly to People magazine.

Knight's admission comes after, in his words, "a few questions about my sexuality." In a well-worded and brief press release, Knight (with Patrick Dempsey, left) added, "I hope the fact that I'm gay isn't the most interesting part of me."

Jordan Bartel of the Carroll County Times was happy Knight worded it in that way. In fact, there is no better way to say it. The sad fact is, though, and surely part of Knight realizes this, that now people will think that is the most interesting part of him.

Now, as in the case of whenever stars come out of the closet, people will forever focus on that aspect of their lives. The whole "publicly confirming that I'm gay" situation seems to be something that shouldn't ever happen.

Here's why: It's simply not news. It's simply not anyone's business. It's simply something that just shouldn't be an issue.

Knight is not naïve enough to think that people won't be interested or that people don't consider it an issue. But he surely resents, and rightfully so, the fact that stars, or anybody human beings, feel like they have to publicly admit their sexuality, as if that is something that needs to be shared.

Holding the presses because someone in the limelight is gay is akin to holding the presses because a star admits that his favorite color is blue or that they painted their bedroom red or that they have green eyes. The gender someone is attracted to is simply not relevant.

Being gay is just a facet of who someone is, yes, even for Hollywood stars. As in the case of T.R. Knight, Lance Bass, or most recently, Neil Patrick Harris, it's always going to make headlines. But it shouldn't have to.

Knight, as Grey's Anatomy fans know, is right in saying that it's not the most interesting part of who he is. It doesn't demand the attention it's getting or will continue to get. It never does.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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What the heck is his real name?

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I have often wondered what makes people so nosy and that everything people do is their bussiness. I have great respect for TR for the way he handled himself.

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ha I can't believe the Carroll County Times made it onto this website. its such a small paper....whoda thought

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