After some soul-searching and reflecting, Isaiah Washington has decided to lend his name and face to a new awareness campaign against homophobia.
According to The Washington Post, The Grey's Anatomy star will appear in a new public service announcement on behalf of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Sources say Washington is planning to shoot the PSA within the next several weeks.
The move is a continuation of an image makeover that followed his oft-putting remarks at the Golden Globes in January, when he denied calling out cast member T.R. Knight a "faggot." That remark provoked outrage from civil and gay rights groups, including GLAAD. Washington issued an apology and sought counseling, and since then, much of his new branding has been the work of Howard Bragman, the powerful out Hollywood publicist who also transitioned John Amaechi from former NBA star to gay rights activist.
"We're gonna have—I want to say at least two versions of it at this point. We may broaden our message a little," Bragman told The Associated Press.
Contrary to recent reports, the publicist says Washington plans to return to Grey's Anatomy next season. "We've heard nothing to the contrary, and we have no plans to the contrary," Bragman said.
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