Saturday, June 18, 2011

Tracy Morgan meets with LGBT homeless teens in NY

Tracy Morgan met with teens at a LGBT homeless shelter in Brooklyn on Friday.

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Tracy Morgan met with teens at a LGBT homeless shelter in Brooklyn on Friday.

Tracy Morgan tried to make nice Friday with gay teens at a Brooklyn homeless shelter, as the "30 Rock" blockhead continued his mea culpa tour for an on-stage anti-gay rant.

In a one-hour sitdown at the Ali Forney Center, the former "Saturday Night Live Star" kept up his steady stream of apologies for the vile cracks that landed him in hot water with gay groups.

Morgan spewed on-stage in Nashville that he would stab his son to death if he were gay - a comment that he later said was "really stupid s---."

"So many people love Tracy and want to be just like Tracy and if he says he's going to stab his son because he's gay, that's not okay," said Raciel Castillo, 19, a fashion student at Kingsborough Community College. "It's definitely not funny."

Morgan was roundly jeered following his homophobic outburst, with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation demanding a public apology.

GLAAD organized the Brooklyn sitdown, which also included Elke Kennedy, the mother of a 20-year-old man killed in a 2007 bias attack.

"My first reaction was he's a very famous person and what is this going to do to the community?" Kennedy said. "I can't believe someone would say that in a joking manner."

Kennedy said she thought Morgan's apologies were "sincere."

"He realizes the things he said and what negative impact they had," she said.

Morgan also announced plans to return to Tennessee next week to apologize to those he turned off with his act, and continue his acts of contrition.

"We're not concerned about saving his career or condemning him," said Carl Siciliano, Executive Director of the Ali Forney Center. "We're really concerned with helping people to understand there are thousands of kids that are being abused and thrown out of their homes by parents who feel the same way as what Tracy Morgan said that night."

The Brooklyn shelter opened in 2002 as a haven for gay youth.

"We wanted to educate Tracy Morgan," Siciliano said. "The ability to accept your gay kids is a matter of life and death."


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