GLAAD President Neil Giuliano Comments on Isaiah Washington's Public Apology

January 18, 2007
Richard Ferraro Director of Communications (646) 871-8011

January 17, 2007, Los Angeles, CA - GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano today released the following statement after having received a response from Isaiah Washington apologizing for his use of the word "faggot" on the set of Grey's Anatomy in October 2006 and at the 64th Annual Golden Globe® Awards on Jan. 15, 2007:

"We are encouraged by Isaiah Washington's statement today, and optimistic that it may mark a turning point in this deeply troubling situation. His acknowledgement of his actions — and of the hurt and harm his actions have caused — is an important first step toward healing his relationships with his castmates, his fans and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

"Mr. Washington has scheduled a meeting with us for early next week, and we look forward to exploring opportunities for moving forward together and healing some of the wounds of the past four months.