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Paramedic comes out on “Trauma” tonight

Tonight’s episode of NBC’s Trauma has the team of first responders busy on Halloween night in San Francisco.

Among them are gay paramedic Tyler Briggs (Kevin Rankin) who shares some information about himself.

“I come out to my partner on the show who is played Derek Luke,” Rankin told Greg In Hollywood in an interview originally posted in August. “That just actually just adds another layer to what’s going on because he’s a religious guy on the show and that just adds another thing for him to deal with.”

Rankin will look familiar to some viewers from his recurring role of Herc on Friday Night Lights which, for a time, he juggled with a recurring role on NBC’s short-lived remake of Bionic Woman.

Trauma makes his first time as an official series regular since the old WB series My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star back in 2002. But he’s been in demand doing multi-episode arcs on Six Feet Under, Undeclared, State of Mind and Grey’s Anatomy as well as single guest shots on such hit shows as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Law & Order, NCIS, Lost and In Plain Sight.

He had no qualms about playing a gay character on Trauma.

“I’ve played a gay character twice,” he explained. “I’ve played transgender. I was excited to take on the responsibility of not playing a stereotype, not making it a deviant thing. I am excited to shoulder that responsibility – very excited.”

“My character Tyler is more of a peripheral character right now,” he added. “He’s going to be a mystery or a little while. It could be awhile before we go home with him. I’m excited to see where it goes.”

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2 Remarks

  1. I think that this is good because i have know that he is gay because ecery one eles is with someone and when he went to the dance or whatever you want to call it and the show has just become way more intersting to me and i hope he becomes much more of a main caracter!!!!!

  2. I also hopes he gets into a relation ship and because very serious

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