ALEC BALDWIN SPEAKS OUT IN SUPPORT OF THE GAY COMMUNITY

Following outreach earlier today, Alec
Baldwin wrote the following to GLAAD:
"My ill-advised attack on George Stark of the
Daily Mail had absolutely nothing to do with
issues of anyone's sexual orientation. My
anger was directed at Mr. Stark for blatantly
lying and disseminating libelous information
about my wife and her conduct at our
friend's funeral service. As someone who
fights against homophobia, I apologize.
I have worked, periodically, with numerous
marriage equality organizations, especially
over the past couple of years, to achieve the
very rights that gay couples are earning by
recent court decisions. I would not advocate
violence against someone for being gay and
I hope that my friends at GLAAD and the gay
community understand that my attack on Mr.
Stark in no way was the result of
homophobia.
Many Thanks, Alec Baldwin."
This evening GLAAD Vice President of
Communications Rich Ferraro replied to the
apology sent to GLAAD:
"Alec Baldwin is making it clear
that the intent behind his tweets
does not excuse his language,
especially at a time when there
were 11 incidents of violence
against gay men in New York City
just last month. As we all work to
end such senseless acts of
violence, allies like Baldwin are
right to use these moments to
reinforce support for the community
and LGBT equality."
His words yesterday do not match his history
of actively supporting LGBT equality. While
Alec's apology is a first step, this should not
be the end of the dialogue. There are now
other visible actions that he should take to
fight anti-gay violence and GLAAD looks
forward to working with him.
Alec Baldwin has worked with several
organizations and added his voice to a highly
visible campaign by Fight Back NY to
encourage the State Senate to pass marriage
equality with out actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
He has also attended the GLSEN Respect
Awards. Baldwin had a guest role on Will &
Grace and played a gay character in the 2006
Off-Broadway revival of Entertaining Mr.
Sloane.