Sara Ramirez: "I’m Going to Support the LGBT Community Until the Day I Die" (EXCLUSIVE)

Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramirez has always fought for equal rights for the LGBT community. The Mexican-American and Irish actress—who plays gay orthopedic surgeon Callie Torres on the hit ABC medical drama—has appeared in Spanish-language PSAs for GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), and a few years ago, she started a foundation in honor of her best friend Al D. Rodriguez, a gay actor/singer from New York who died of cancer. Ramirez often called Rodriguez her "gay husband."

And although Ramirez is super busy with a lead role on Grey's and busy enjoying married life (Ramirez tied the knot with business analyst Ryan Debolt in July!), the 37-year-old actress says she's never too busy to support the LGBT community—something she plans to do for a very long time. "I’m always going to support the LGBT community and equal rights for the LGBT community," Ramirez tells exclusively. "That’s going to be with me ‘till the day I die and beyond. I mean, that’s just what it is!"

In fact, Ramirez says that her committment to LGBT rights will be even stronger, because now her husband, Debolt, is fighting for the LGBT community right alongside her. "And thank God I have a life partner who just wants nothing more than to stand by my side and support me in that," she says, adding that her husband is "the most confident man I've ever met...he's amazing!" 

And after years of fighting for equal rights for the LGBT community, Ramirez says she's still amazed by people who don't support equal rights for gays, lesbians and transgender people. "I'm always amazed by that [lack] of compassion, I really am," she says. "But I imagine that those kinds of people that are stuck in that whole thing—that whole train of thought {Laughs}—I don't know when they were so hurt that they can't possibly have compassion for someone else in that respect," she says. 

Ramirez adds that everyone should get to choose who they love and who they want to spend the rest of their life with. "To just have the choice—that's what it always comes back to," she says. "You really want to take someone's choice away? You don't want them to have the choice to build that life for themselves in the way they choose to? And that's really disappointing."