Jojo Simmons Sets Positive Example for Fans

Jojo Simmons, son of the legendary Rev. Run (one of the founding members of the influential hip hop group Run–DMC and a practicing minister), recently posted a series of anti-gay and anti-transgender tweets as reported on sites including Queerty. Jojo is also the nephew of hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, who was the recipient of GLAAD’s 2011 Excellence in Media Award.

After GLAAD reached out, Jojo removed the anti-transgender and anti-gay tweets from his timeline. He also tweeted a positive message to his 134,929 Twitter followers, apologizing for the harmful language and acknowledging that slurs have the power to fuel hostility against the gay and transgender community:

GLAAD commends Jojo Simmons for taking this step and for setting a positive example for thousands of young fans. We encourage everyone to re-tweet Jojo’s powerful message:
RT @YoungSimmons: Sorry to my fans & LGBT community for how I handled the recent situation. Using anti-gay & anti-transgender slurs is wrong.

Related Stories


As a Major League Baseball umpire for the past 29 seasons, Dale Scott has worked three World Series, three All-Star Games, two no-hitters and numerous playoff games. He is also the first out active male official in the MLB, NBA, NHL, or NFL, and the first Major League Baseball umpire to publicly say he is gay while active.