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.