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Project Runway winner Christian Siriano – who became infamous for using the term “hot tranny mess” on the Bravo reality series – has apologized for deragatory comments about transsexuals he made in a current Time Out New York interview.

In the interview, the openly gay Siriano, 22, said, “If you think of heterosexuals, they have white-trash women and trailer parks, and we have drag queens and trannies.”

That comparison incensed many of his fans, prompting the Maryland native to tell the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, “I mean no disrespect to the transgender population and I never will. Some of my close friends happen to be transgender and I think they are some of the most inspiring in my life… I completely support the fabulousness and amazing fashion inspiration that most transgender provide.”

He said of the Time Out New York article, “I wish that my words were not taken in that way. When I was speaking, some comments that I made were not used in the article.” –David Caplan

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