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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D's J. August Richards Comes Out as Gay

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D's J. August Richards Comes Out as Gay

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Council of Dads star J. August Richards has come out as gay.

The 46-year-old actor revealed his sexual identity during an Instagram Live with his Council of Dads co-star Sarah Wayne Callies. In the show, he plays Dr. Oliver Post, a gay black man who is married with a daughter.

“If I think about why I even got involved in this industry, it was really to combat oppression,” J. said. “I knew how I was affected by the people of color I saw on television, or that I didn’t see on television, so this being a married, gay man, with a family … on television, I don’t take anything I do lightly, and you have an opportunity to put an image into millions of homes. I wanted that image to be honest and I wanted it to be correct.”

“Honestly, it required me to show up fully in a way that I don’t always when I’m working,” he said, before adding, “I knew that I could not portray this gay man honestly without letting you all know that I am a gay man myself. I’ve never done that with the people that I’ve worked with,” he added. “That responsibility carried me to do that because I knew how important it is to other people out there like me, who would need to see that role model.”

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