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Morgan's Mea Culpa: Meeting With Gay Teens, Parents

Morgan's Mea Culpa: Meeting With Gay Teens, Parents


As part of his continued public apology, embattled 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan will film a PSA for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and meet with LGBT teens from the Ali Forney Center and return to Tennessee to make amends.

Morgan spoke with GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios and members of its staff today and "committed to meet this week in New York City with LGBT youth from the Ali Forney Center who have been hurt or left homeless by parental rejection as well as family members who have lost children to antigay violence," according to a statement released by GLAAD.

"Among those Morgan will meet include Elke Kennedy, the founder of Sean's Last Wish. Elke's son Sean was killed by antigay violence in 2007 at the age of 20 in South Carolina, when another man called him a f*ggot and punched him so hard it broke his facial bones and separated his brain from his brain stem. Since that day, Elke has traveled more than 140,000 miles to speak in states across the country about hate violence and bullying."

GLAAD also states that Morgan participate in in the organization's upcoming "Amplify Your Voice" PSA campaign to combat anti-LGBT bullying.

Morgan, in participation with GLAAD and the Tennessee Equality Project, will also return to Tennessee next week, where he will apologize to audience members who were offended by his remarks. Legislation currently pending in Tennessee that would ban educators from acknowledging that gay people exist while in the classroom.

Previously: Morgan says he would love a gay son even more than a straight one due to the difficulty he'd have in society, according to an interview with Russell Simmons on Global Grind.

Simmons begins the conversation by telling Morgan he was disappointed to read the comments the comic made about stabbing a gay son during his stand-up act in Nashville earlier this month.

Morgan replies that he thinks the reason he's successful is that he's unfiltered and that as a result he sometimes says stupid things.

"The truth is if I had a gay son I would love him just as much as if he was straight ... I might have to try to love even more because I know of the difficulty that he would have in society."

Simmons adds that having supported gay people for decades in their struggle for equality, he thinks Morgan is aware that he crossed the line. "However, I know you ... I know you very well," Simmons says. "And I know that deep down inside there is no hate in your heart."

"Of all the sicknesses, there is probably none more abusive than homophobia," Morgan says. "My heart is committed to giving everyone the same rights that I deserve for myself. I don't care if you love the same sex as long as you have the ability to love someone. Also, you should have the right no matter who you are to protect and serve our country. I am deeply sorry for the comments I made. What I am most sad about is the comments I made about kids and bullying."

Morgan says he realizes how hurtful his words were and isn't asking anyone to pity him or come to his defense. "In my heart, I know that the words I used are indefensible," Morgan says.

Read the full interview here.

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