Following his poorly comedic rant against homosexuality at a comedy show in Nashville, Tennessee, Tracy Morgan has been working hard at making amends with the gay & LGBT community. In a phone conversation with the pro-gay rights organization, GLAAD, the 42 year-old comedian apologized for his remarks and shared a personal bit about his past:
“I know how bad bullying can hurt,” Morgan said. “I was bullied when I was a kid. I’m sorry for what I said. I didn’t mean it. I never want to use my comedy to hurt anyone. My family knew what it was like to feel different. My brother was disabled and I lost my father to AIDS in 1987.
“My dad wasn’t gay but I also learned about homophobia then because of how people treated people who were sick with that. Parents should support and love their kids no matter what. Gay people deserve the same right to be happy in this country as everyone else. [Read more]
Morgan has agreed to go back to Nashville with GLAAD staffers to deliver a face-to-face apology to people who were at his show and to work with the Tennessee Equality Project. He’ll also meet with gay, lesbian and transsexual teens and parents who lost their children to anti-LGBT hate crimes. Finally, Tracy agreed to record a public service announcement for GLAAD’s upcoming “Amplify Your Voice” campaign.
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