Carson Daly Releases Statement Following Discussion With GLAAD

Following comments he made earlier in the day on his radio show, GLAAD has been in dialogue with Carson Daly and his team, who have now provided us with the following statement:

"We live in a time where gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals find courage every day to overcome adversity, stand up to bullying and find equality. I'm truly saddened that my words today suggested otherwise. I've long been a supporter of gay, lesbian, and transgender rights, and I'm saddened that my comments, however unintentional, offended anyone, specifically members of the LGBT community. The fact that I have hurt anyone is devastating. I'm not that guy. I'm proud to be an ally of the LGBT community and will continue to fight with them."

Daly's original comments and tweeted apology can be seen here.

While it’s up to the public to judge the sincerity of Daly’s sentiments here, GLAAD looks forward to taking him up on his offer to fight with us for the full equality of LGBT Americans.

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