Four actors from “Grey’s Anatomy,” the ABC hit where Isaiah Washington was fired for anti-gay slurs, are featured in a new ad campaign preaching tolerance for gays and lesbians.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation on Tuesday released 25 new public service ads that it will encourage TV networks to air. The ads feature celebrities talking about the power of anti-gay words and the importance of accepting a gay or lesbian family member.
T.R. Knight, Sara Ramirez and Kate Walsh of “Grey’s Anatomy” made ads. Alexandra Billings, a transgender actress in one episode of the medical drama, also participated.
Washington wasn’t included, although he filmed a public service announcement for GLAAD that aired on ABC this year. He was fired from the series for using an anti-gay slur against Knight backstage at the Golden Globe Awards in January.
GLAAD didn’t specifically seek out “Grey’s Anatomy” stars, said Damon Romine, the group’s entertainment media director. It produced the spots at a media-awards event in April and approached celebrities who looked willing to participate, he said.
Actors Rachel Griffiths, Marlee Matlin, Rebecca Romijn and Lance Bass are among other celebrities featured in the ads.