Tracy Morgan meets LGBT youth in New York
In an attempt to redeem himself following his recent homophobic comments, US comedian Tracy Morgan has met with young LGBT people and a family scarred by anti-gay violence.
The meeting was arranged by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) at the Ali Forney Center in New York City, an organisation serving homeless LGBT youth.
Morgan also met with Elke Kennedy, whose 20-year-old son, Sean, was killed in an anti-gay hate crime.
“Today, Tracy saw firsthand the toll that homophobia and anti-gay violence can take on a person’s life,” said GLAAD. “By meeting with LGBT teens left homeless because of who they are, we hope that Tracy has come to understand that so-called ‘jokes’ about gay youth are not just irresponsible, they are damaging.”
Morgan announced that he will return to Tennessee on Tuesday, June 21 to apologise to those people he offended during his anti-gay performance. While in Nashville, Morgan will also meet with the Tennessee Equality Project and local advocates. He will also participate in GLAAD’s upcoming “Amplify Your Voice” public service announcement (PSA) campaign.
The 30 Rock star earlier apologised for his anti-gay rant at a Nashville show earlier this month in which he said that gays should stop whining about being bullied, that kids learn to be gay from the media and that if his son was gay he’d stab him to death.