More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Brett Ratner to E! News: Negative incident has turned into "something positive"
Filmmaker Brett Ratner recently opened up to E! Online about his use of an anti-gay slur in 2011, saying "I knew that something positive was going to come out of it.”
Last fall, Ratner began work with GLAAD after coming under fire for using an anti-gay epithet during a film screening. Ratner later announced his resignation as producer of the 84th Annual Academy Awards.
Shortly thereafter, Ratner released an apology, reading in part:
I am grateful to GLAAD for engaging me in a dialogue about what we can do together to increase awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised and I look forward to working with them. I am incredibly lucky to have a career in this business that I love with all of my heart and to be able to work alongside so many of my heroes. I deeply regret my actions and I am determined to learn from this experience.
(For full statement, click here.)
Ratner made good on his promise to work with GLAAD, meeting with GLAAD's senior staff and Board of Directors, and announcing in February a groundbreaking video campaign featuring celebrities ‘coming out’ in support of equality. Participants will share personal stories about why and how they support the LGBT community and call on Americans to do the same.
Ratner also later announced a new collaboration with GLSEN's "Think Before YouSpeak" campaign, which aims to educate straight teens about the prevalence and consequences of anti-LGBT bias and behavior in America’s schools.
"It was unfortunate,” Ratner tells E! Online of his 2011 anti-gay slur. “But I'm happy to turn a negative into a positive, which is what always happens."
For more information about GLAAD’s work with Ratner, click here.
GLAAD commends Ratner on his ongoing commitment to raising visibility around harmful anti-LGBT language.