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Director Brett Ratner, GLAAD plan videos to rally support for LGBT Americans

LOS ANGELES -- Hollywood director Brett Ratner, who got into hot water last year for homophobic tweets, is paying his penance to the gay community by pairing up with GLAAD to produce and direct a series of celebrity videos that will show support for LGBT Americans.

Over the weekend, Ratner met with GLAAD officials along with other Hollywood figures such as Brian Glazer, who is producing the 84th annual Academy Awards on Feb. 26, and directors Adam Shankman and Bryan Singer.

"Working together with GLAAD has been a very positive and enlightening experience for me, and I could not be more pleased to be developing this crucial campaign to help educate people that we all share the same humanity," Ratner said in a statement. "I am excited to get to work on this program and hope that minds and hearts are opened by what we create."

The video series will feature celebrities, athletes, musicians and politicians who will be "coming out of the closet," so to speak, to support equality. Those featured in the videos will share personal stories about why they support equality and will urge their fellow citizens to do the same.

"Straight allies are crucial to creating a culture in which LGBT people are respected and supported," said Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs and communications at GLAAD. "We look forward to working with Brett and these other inspiring Americans who are speaking out and standing up for their LGBT friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers."

Ratner is known as a brash and outspoken figure in Hollywood, and his anti-gay slur cost him his gig as producer of the 2012 Oscars. He apologized for his boorish behavior and agreed to meet with GLAAD to learn how slurs are harmful to the LGBT community.