In the aftermath of his controversial comments about the LGBT community, Tracy Morgan is trying to make it right. This week, he announced his partnership with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in order to spread their anti-gay bullying message.
His first major project with GLAAD sent Tracy to the Ali Forney Center in New York, which is the largest organization housing homeless LGBT youth in the United States. As a part of his efforts to continue to express his apologies, Tracy met with some of the youth and parents to discuss their stories.
According to MTV News, the head of the Ali Forney Center stated that Tracy initially seemed nervous, as if he did not know what to expect. However, after warming up to everyone he began to become "repeatedly apologetic."
Some of the people that Tracy met included Elke Kennedy, a LGBT activist who lost her son due to anti-gay violence, and Jayden, a youth at the center who was abandoned by her family after coming out of the closet.
Both of them shared their stories with Tracy, and both stated that they felt that his apology was sincere. "It was an apology from one human to another, and I really appreciated that," Jayden told MTV News.
During the meeting, Tracy announced that he would be returning to Nashville, which is the birthplace of this controversy, to personally apologize to anyone that was offended during his stand-up routine. The comedian also has plans to team up with the Tennessee Equality Project and other local LGBT advocates.
GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios stated that by visiting the Ali Forney Center, Tracy got a chance to see the firsthand effects of homophobia and anti-gay violence. "By meeting with LGBT teens left homeless because of who they are,"Jaerrett said. "We hope that Tracy has come to understand that so-called ‘jokes’ about gay youth are not just irresponsible, they are damaging."
— Shaniqua A. Thompson
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