Kirk Cameron’s ‘Growing Pains’ co-star Tracey Gold tells E! Online’s Marc Malkin that she found Cameron’s comments about LGBT people “damaging and hurtful,” but said that the two were not in a feud as some in the media had speculated.
After Cameron told CNN’s Piers Morgan that he thought LGBT people were “detrimental to civilization,” among other things, Gold says she received a number of inquiries as to her own beliefs about equality. In response, she tweeted, "I am a strong supporter of the #LGBT Community, and I believe in equal rights for all. #NOH8 #LOVE."
Now in an interview with Malkin, Gold clarified why she felt the need to speak out, saying, “I believe in freedom of speech, but I do think it's dangerous...I immediately thought of the teenager who's struggling with his sexuality and hearing those comments that are so damaging and hurtful." Gold also told Malkin that she has spoken to Cameron since his comments sparked controversy to let him know that she “wasn’t in a feud with him,” but that she wanted her ”voice and opinion to be heard.”
Gold was also recently confirmed as a presenter at the 23rd Annual Media Awards in New York, set to take place March 24. Other attendees include Ellen Barkin, Kim Cattrall, Tracey Gold, Vinny Guadagnino, Megan Hilty, Carson Kressley, Padma Lakshmi, Jay Manuel, Thomas Roberts and more. ‘Glee’s Naya Rivera and Cory Monteith will host the event which funds GLAAD’s culture-changing work to share stories that build support for equality. Additional ceremonies will take place in Los Angeles on April 21 and in San Francisco on June 2.