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Apologetic Tracy Morgan visits homeless gay and transgender youth

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Tracy Morgan meets with LGBT teens
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Morgan visits homeless teens in New York on Friday, a group says
  • The visit is part of his apology for comments made in a June 3 comedy routine
  • Morgan will be in GLAAD's "Amplify Your Voice" campaign

(CNN) -- An apologetic Tracy Morgan visited homeless gay, lesbian and transgender teens in New York on Friday to speak out against violence based on sexual orientation, according to the gay rights advocacy group that facilitated the meeting.

Morgan attended the meeting roughly two weeks after making anti-gay comments in a stand-up comedy routine in Nashville on June 3.

"Today, Tracy saw firsthand the toll that homophobia and anti-gay violence can take on a person's life," Jarrett Barrios, president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said in a statement. "By meeting with gay and transgender teens left homeless because of who they are, we hope that Tracy has come to understand that so-called 'jokes' about gay youth are not just irresponsible, they are damaging."

Morgan met with teens and victims of anti-gay and transgender violence at the Ali Forney Center as part of his apology for his controversial comments, said a statement from GLAAD, a media advocacy and anti-defamation organization.

The Ali Forney Center is the nation's largest organization for aiding homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, according to GLAAD.

Morgan met Jayden Love and Raciel Castillo, who were left homeless by their families.

"We really appreciate that we were able to meet with Tracy Morgan," Love and Castillo said in a statement. "Our parents' inability to accept us changed our lives for the worse. We hope that our stories have the power to change not only Tracy's perspective, but those of any parent who may be struggling with accepting their child."

Morgan will return to Nashville on Tuesday to apologize to those he offended in his act.

He will also participate in GLAAD's "Amplify Your Voice" campaign to bring awareness to violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups.

 
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