Alec Baldwin apologises for gay tweets

London: Actor Alec Baldwin has apologised for a series of tweets that could be interpreted to be homophobic.

Baldwin wrote a letter to the New York City-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights group GLAAD, insisting that his tweets had nothing to do with "issues of anyone`s sexual orientation".

The apology posts came after a newspaper reporter claimed that Baldwin`s wife Hilaria was tweeting at the funeral of Sopranos star James Gandolfini.

The `30 rock` actor, who has since deleted his Twitter account, called the reporter a "toxic little queen".

The apology, posted on GLAAD`s website, stated, "The idea of me calling this guy a `queen` and that being something that people thought is homophobic. A queen to me has a different meaning. It`s somebody who`s just above.

"It doesn`t have any necessarily sexual connotations. To me a queen, I know women that act queeny, I know men that are straight that act queeny, and I know gay men that act queeny. It doesn`t have to be a definite sexual connotation, or a homophobic connotation. To me those are people who think the rules don`t apply to them."

GLAAD spokesman Rich Ferraro said that Baldwin`s language was improper and his tweets did not reflect his "history of actively supporting LGBT equality".