‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Actor J. August Richards Announces He’s Gay

J. August Richards has come out as gay.

In an Instagram Live chat with “Council of Dads” co-star Sarah Wayne Callies on Monday, the actor — who plays a married black gay man with a daughter on the NBC drama — discussed whether he felt pressure or a responsibility to portray a character who is seldom seen on network television.

That’s when the 46-year-old “Angel” alum said he felt compelled to tell his castmates that he himself is a gay man in order to “honestly” depict his character of “Dr. Oliver Post.”

“If I think about why I even got involved in this industry, it was really to combat oppression,” he explained to Callies. “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.”

Richards added, “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.”

A day after his conversation with Callies, Richards posted a picture of himself with the rainbow flag draped around his shoulders, saying his coming out “was one of the best days of my life.”

“‘Thank you’ feel like cheap words to describe the depths of the gratitude I feel for your support and the crushing avalanche of LOVE I felt aimed at me yesterday,” he wrote to his supportive fans. “Who knew that something I once thought of as terrifying had within it something so beautiful... For every comment, like, emoji, repost, phone call, text message, everything. I felt it ALL... Thank you!!!”

Callies also expressed her appreciation for her co-star, writing in an IG comment, “sharing this moment with you was one of the most meaningful things in my life. love you friend.”

We echo Sarah’s sentiment, and want to applaud J. for living his truth!

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