In a series of interviews, Josh Elliott of ABC's Good Morning America is speaking out about his gay dad.

He first publicly discussed his father's sexual orientation in his acceptance speech for the 2012 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment. He received the recognition for his ABC News segment on the life of Jamey Rodemeyer, the 14-year-old Buffalo, New York-area high school student who killed himself after being bullied by classmates for coming out gay.

“When I was 13-years-old, my dad came out, and he died when I was 15,” Elliott said in his speech. “But for two years, I got to see him as a man fulfilled and a man in full.”

Elliott told In Touch Weekly that his father died suddenly of cardiomyopathy.

He said that he asked his father, who was in the process of divorcing his mother, whether he was gay. He answered, “Yes.”

“Looking back now, I'm happy I got to see my father living his life in full, as a gay man,” Elliott told the magazine. “He was a crusader. My father stuck up for the little guy. He made me the man I am today.”

In an appearance Thursday on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, he explained why he's talking about his father now: “It just occurred to me that it had been a huge part of my life that I hadn't really had a chance to sort of completely own, and it was just one of those moments … It was great to be able to remember him like that, and to think how proud he would've been to have been in that audience that night.”