And now, reason #42 that Kerry Washington is a wonderful person: In a new interview with The Advocate to promote her upcoming hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, Washington addressed rumors that have swirled around in the past regarding her sexuality in the most classy, intelligent way possible:

"...I’ve never been bothered by the lesbian rumor. There’s nothing offensive about it, so there’s no reason to be offended."

This is a perfect answer, made even more perfect by what she adds about closeted actors afterwards:

"...I’ve actually talked with friends about the similarities between being closeted and the idea of passing in the black community. Those in the black community who could pass for white often did so to get more opportunities in life, but it came at such a great cost. When you buy into the cultural idea of what’s acceptable and unacceptable, you reinforce negative stereotypes and prejudices. That wouldn’t work for me. I don’t love to give advice to anyone because we all have to make our own choices, but I’d want to live my life in truth. But there also have to be changes within the Hollywood community. Casting directors and producers have to look beyond sexual orientation in the way that they’re just barely, barely beginning to look beyond race. Until Hollywood learns that actors are artists of transformation, it will continue to be limiting for minorities."

It's official: Kerry Washington is the girlcrush that America needs right now. For the full interview (which is absolutely worth a read), head on over to The Advocate here. Washington is set to host SNL tomorrow night on NBC, at 11:30 PM EST.

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[via Jezebel]

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