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Ex-Oscars producer Brett Ratner and GLAAD announce public discussions on LGBT images in Hollywood

Brett Ratner

Brett Ratner’s public redemption tour has already begun.

The Tower Heist director announced his resignation as producer of the Academy Awards earlier today due to a storm of controversy over a gay slur he made at a screening last weekend.

Like Tracy Morgan and Isaiah Washington before him, Ratner has began a “dialogue” with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).“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,” Ratner said in a statement. “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.”

GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, announced plans for a series of public discussions on LGBT images in Hollywood following Ratner’s resignation as a producer of the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

During a question and answer session about his film ‘Tower Heist,’ Ratner was asked whether he rehearses with his actors before shooting a scene. He replied, “Rehearsing is for f*gs,” according to New York Magazine‘s Vulture blog.

GLAAD and Ratner are working to convene public discussions featuring leaders in the entertainment industry about promoting fair and accurate inclusions of LGBT people and stories. The discussions will address anti-LGBT jokes and slurs in films and on television today as well as their trickle-down effect into popular culture.

The first event will take place in coming weeks with additional discussions to take place over the next three years. Additional details to follow.

“When we sat down with Brett today, he seemed very sincere in his desire to use this experience as a way to begin speaking out against anti-gay language in popular culture,” said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs and Communications at GLAAD. “We believe his resignation is just the first step and will be announcing a series of concrete actions with Brett in coming days and weeks.”

Added GLAAD Acting President Mike Thompson: “Hollywood has the power and responsibility to grow acceptance of all communities. We look forward to working with Brett and the industry in promoting positive, culture-changing images of our community and sending a message that such slurs, used to belittle gay and lesbian youth and adults every day, have no place in mainstream popular culture or the industry that creates it.”

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