The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), has announced that it is to present film director Brett Ratner with an award at its 24th annual Media Awards later this month.
Ratner dropped out of directing the Academy Awards in 2012 because the year before he was heavily criticised for, during a press conference, saying “rehearsal is for fags”.
GLAAD will present Ratner with the prestigious Ally award at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on 16 March.
GLAAD president Herndon Graddick, released a statement regarding the award, and referred to Ratner’s support of Christine Quinn, an openly gay New York City mayoral candidate.
He said: “I’ve never worked with someone so willing to put the past behind and move forward to make a difference, whether by our campaign or by hosting a fundraiser in his home to help elect the first lesbian mayor of New York,
“This is an example of a man willing to put his ego aside and roll up his sleeves for LGBT,” Graddick continued. “I’m proud to have worked with him and I consider him a friend.
“I don’t think Brett Ratner was ever a homophobe,” said Graddick, only met Ratner after the controversy. “I think he said something stupid. Getting to know him has borne that out.”