Juan Pablo Galavis, star of the ABC reality series The Bachelor, on Tuesday said that he was prepared to do more to help advance LGBT rights.

The 32-year-old former Venezuelan soccer star said last month that he would be opposed to the dating show featuring a gay or bisexual bachelor looking for love.

“I don't think it is a good example for kids to watch that on TV,” Galavis said.

The single dad noted that he has many gay friends and co-workers. But Galavis was also quoted as saying that gays were “more pervert, in a sense.”

Galavis later apologized, saying that he respects gay people and blamed a language barrier for his poor word choice.

In a statement given to GLAAD, Galavis said that he would be okay if his own daughter turned out to be gay.

Galavis' complete statement follows.

“Recently I said some things that were very problematic and have led the public to question my feelings about gay, lesbian and bisexual people.”

“Although it has been a difficult situation and I've apologized for the misunderstanding, I do think something good can come out of this and that is that I now have the opportunity to say what I do feel. During an interview, I used a word that did not at all express what I meant to say.”

“I never meant to criticize the idea of gay people. The reality is I have no problem with same-sex couples who want to be parents. I'm a father and so I know how it feels, I definitely want my gay friends to have that feeling. Watching the way so many of my friends treat my daughter Camila – like family – I can see how much my gay friends want to be parents – and how good they will be at it. If Camila happens to be gay when she grows up, I will respect her, support her and love her the same as I do now.”

“When GLAAD representatives shared with me some stories, and told me how often LGBT people are attacked verbally and physically, assaulted and even murdered, this helped me reflect on this situation. I could understand a little better the calls I received from gay and straight friends. And it made me think why not do more to help, so it’s time to speak out.”

“I wish, of course, it had not come about the way it did, but I'm glad that this situation can be an opportunity to help people accept and respect the LGBT community. As human beings, we should all think about how to make society better so that each individual feels respected.”