Moviemaker Brett Ratner is to be honored with a special award from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) group for his work in promoting equality.
The director has created a series of public service announcements (PSAs), which feature stars including Charlie Sheen and Jackie Chan, for the organization, and he has now been unveiled as the recipient of the group's Ally Award.
In a statement, Ratner writes, "I have long been a supporter of equal rights for everyone. I have always been an admirer of GLAAD. They do meaningful and effective work in the fight to secure equality for everyone and I am very humbled that they are honoring me with this Ally Award."
GLAAD President Herndon Graddick adds, "Brett Ratner's dedication and leadership will inspire countless to speak out in support of LGBT friends, family, neighbors and children. From high school jocks to faith leaders, those who follow Brett's lead are admired and heralded, while anti-LGBT bullies are increasingly ridiculed and marginalized."
Ratner will receive the accolade at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on March 16. The honor marks a turnaround for Ratner - he pulled out of co-producing the 2012 Academy Awards following a homophobic slur scandal and subsequently vowed to make amends over the incident.
Another group to promote gays and lesbians. It does not matter what the rest of the world thinks, these groups will cover the globe to make everyone think that it is ok. If you disagree with them then they will harass, threaten, and anything else that will make you back down because they have the numbers to make it happen. I think that it is almost like being a dictator, beat them down until they are submissive no matter the venue used. No matter what they do it is not decent, politically correct, moral, or otherwise ok to be gay or lesbian no matter the excuse or explanation.