Washington Meets With Gay Leaders

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Under fire for using a gay slur about a co-star, Isaiah Washington met on Monday with gay rights activists who said he agreed to help educate the public about the cruelty of such language.

Washington Meets With Gay Leaders
"He seemed very sincere in his interest in working with us in an ongoing basis," Kevin Jennings, executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. "We emphasized that this is not a one-shot deal, but an ongoing thing. He was very open to doing this."

The star of the hit ABC medical drama met with Jennings, who spoke after the private meeting, and Neil G. Giuliano, president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). A call to Washington's publicist for comment was not immediately returned Monday.

According to Jennings, Isaiah Washington said he wanted to explore ways to work with GLSEN to address issues of "name calling and how he might use his various platforms to educate people about how painful and wrong it is."

By coincidence, Jennings noted, Monday was the start of "No Name-Calling Week," coordinated by GLSEN with national educational partners to help schools find ways to eliminate bullying and slurs of all kinds. His group welcomed Washington's help in promoting the group's agenda.

Jennings noted that Washington, who has three children with his wife, Jenisa, said he understands how the issue effects young people.

Washington, who stepped away from filming for the hour-long meeting, said he is interested in pursuing various options, such as public-service announcements. No firm agreements were reached, the GLSEN director said.

"I think this is a very good first step toward him showing he really wants to do something. We take him at his word," Jennings said.

Last October, it was reported that Washington used the term "faggot" about castmate T.R. Knight during an on-set argument with Patrick Dempsey. He used it again backstage at the January 15 Golden Globes as he denied ever uttering it.

Washington issued an apology after he was publicly criticized by GLAAD and chastised by ABC.

Despite the negative attention, ABC led nominees announced Sunday for the 18th annual GLAAD Media Awards, recognizing "mainstream media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender... community and the issues that affect their lives."

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to continue! GET OVER IT! if everyone who has bitched about his comment could donate 1 dollar to a charity that is medical based! think of what really making a difference would be! not being a hippocrite! I would just love to look into Isaiah's biggest critics past! and all the comments they have made in their life! I am sure it would be upsetting to some group of people! That is what FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS ALL ABOUT! iN THIS WONDERFUL UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! now please! do something useful with your show's media coverage! change the world with a charity! not haveing this poor guy go to therapy! for freeedom of speech! and guess what! I have nothing against gay people! I actually am caucasion! so just move on! and do something that really matters to this world!


Will you just get over it! I am sure all that are the first to be upset by the comment , if investigated! most cast members! have dogged another! and please! Get over it! grow up! Who cares if said the work faggot! I have a gay sister who cares less about it! I think to even propose him being fired is so insane! I think people need to look into there own history of derrogatory comments and they would have to be mother teresa to come out clean! dont be a hippocrite! and move on! worry about bigger things! starving children! homeless people! etc... cancer patients! use your media coverage for that! not something so silly!


It was awesome to apologize Isaiah, but you shouldn't have said it in the first place.


exactly Grey he shouldnt of had to apologize for the 3rd time, why did he have to apologize to GLAAD or anything? I'm gay myself and its just retarded, Isaiah only had to apologize to the cast of GREYS ANATOMY not have to take it up with anyone else.


Although I still maintain that we have never really heard the whole story and I do not necessarily believe what TR though he overheard back in October. I am glad that Isaiah is taking steps to address misconceptions about him and his respect and admiration for his coworkers regardless of what was said or intended. I don't think those that have decided to hate him will be appeased by anything he does, but those who know him may be satisfied that he is sincerely trying to make amends. For those of us who love the character of Burke and respect the actor who plays him, I will just be so grateful if I can continue to enjoy him on Grey's Anatomy.


I echo your sentiments exactly, McNasty Social Worker!


Yeah, you rock dude! I have an idea. Why don't you say it again, so you get to apologize for third time. You'd be an even greater man than. TR's just a p***y anyway!!!


Isaiah....you go boy! It takes a real man to admit that he was wrong not once but twice! Let this be a lesson to you. Because you are in Hollywood, everything you say or do is being watched...especially now! You have to much talent to have it shattered by speaking before thinking carefully! Much love!


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