Terry Crews Apologizes to LGBT Folks After Chat With Stephanie Beatriz

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Rachel Kiley

Actor Terry Crews ruffled feathers last week when he began a series of tweets insisting children need both male and female parents or role models in order to become whole as a person.

“I don’t believe that either fatherhood or motherhood can be dismissed or deemed unnecessary from a persons [sic] life. That’s all. No matter if the parents are same sex, heterosexual, or single parent households,” read one of the tweets.

While he did apologize relatively quickly for one tweet, claiming kids who only have a strong relationship with one gender of parent will be “severely malnourished,” which had been in defense of an earlier tweet:

 

 

But for the most part, Crews spent the past week repeatedly dismissing the hurt and outrage of people in the LGBTQ community, as well as those supporting single parents, while uplifting voices that were affirming his stance.

However, on Tuesday, Crews admitted that fellow Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Stephanie Beatriz, who is openly bisexual, sat down with him and explained why people were upset, and hopefully why what he said was wrong.

“Had a great talk with @iamstephbeatz this morning on set that shed a lot of light on why the LGBTQ community were hurt by my comments,” he tweeted.

“I want to apologize for anyone who was triggered or felt targeted. I was speaking out of my very personal experiences as a Black Father.”

 

 

 

 

Phew. While it sounds like Crews isn’t entirely swayed off of his position yet, it shows he’s listened, and hopefully the standoff and argumentativeness between him and the people who were upset by his comments has come to a close for now.

And we’re definitely grateful Beatriz took the time to have a tough conversation with a friend about something that impacted the whole community. It's never easy to do, but stepping up and having those talks can go a long way.

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