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Brett Ratner Teams With GLAAD For LGBT Equality Project

Brett Ratner Teams With GLAAD For LGBT Equality Project

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Director Brett Ratner has teamed with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation to direct and produce a video campaign featuring notable celebrities who will share their stories about why they support the LGBT community and call on other Americans to do the same, according to a press release from GLAAD.

"Working together with GLAAD has been a very positive and enlightening experience for me, and I could not be more pleased to be developing this crucial campaign to help educate people that we all share the same humanity," Ratner says. "I am excited to get to work on this program and hope that minds and hearts are opened by what we create."

The project comes months after Ratner made controversial comments, which included the use of a homophobic slur, during a Q&A session that preceded a screening of his 2011 comedy Tower Heist. Following complaints, Ratner, who was scheduled to produce the Academy Awards ceremony this month, stepped down as producer and issued an apology.

Ratner met with GLAAD's Board of Directors last weekend along with Brian Grazer, who replaced him as producer of the 84th Annual Academy Awards and director-producer Bryan Singer.

"Straight allies are crucial to creating a culture in which LGBT people are respected and supported," said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs and Communications at GLAAD. "We look forward to working with Brett and these other inspiring Americans who are speaking out and standing up for their LGBT friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers."

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