Tracy Morgan: My Dad Died of AIDS

Apologetic comedian talks about bullying, losing father
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2011 9:52 AM CDT
Saturday Night Live cast member Tracy Morgan arrives at the Kennedy Center for the Mark Twain Prize for Humor award show in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

(Newser) – After his homophobic stand-up rant made headlines, Tracy Morgan is taking things a step or two further than his original apology. He’ll work with GLAAD in Tennessee next week to protest the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, will film a PSA, and will meet with gay youth whose families have ostracized them and others who have lost family to violence against gays, E! reports. "I know how bad bullying can hurt," Morgan says. "I was bullied when I was a kid. … My family knew what it was like to feel different. My brother was disabled and I lost my father to AIDS in 1987.”

"My dad wasn't gay, but I also learned about homophobia then because of how people treated people who were sick with that," he continues. In another recent interview with Russell Simmons on Global Grind, Morgan continues backtracking on his earlier comments: “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,” he says, adding that he even supports gay marriage. Click for more on Morgan’s apology extravaganza.

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