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

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 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. actor J. August Richards has officially come out as gay.

Earlier this week, the actor talked about his role on the Council of Dads, where he plays a married, gay, doctor, with castmate Sarah Wayne Callies in an Instagram Live where he made the announcement.

"If I think about why I even got involved in this industry, it was really to combat oppression -- I knew how I was affected by the people of color I saw on television, or that I didn't see on television -- and so this being a married gay man with a family -- on television, I don't take anything I do lightly, and you know, 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."

He continued, "Honestly, it required me to show up fully in a way that I don't always when I'm working. I knew that I could not portray this gay man honestly without letting you all know that I was a gay man myself...I've never done that with the people that I've worked with."