GLAAD has joined the many critics of TLC’s “My Husband’s Not Gay.”
“This show is downright irresponsible. No one can change who they love, and, more importantly, no one should have to,” GLAAD President and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement issued to TheWrap. “By investing in this dangerous programming, TLC is putting countless young LGBT people in harm’s way.”
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As TheWrap previously reported, the TLC special follows four married men living in Salt Lake City, Utah, who don’t identify themselves as homosexual, despite being attracted to men.
All the cast members are devout Mormons belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The special will follow the cast as they navigate life while explaining to outsiders their unique marriages.
In response to the criticism, the network told TheWrap, “TLC has long shared compelling stories about real people and different ways of life, without judgment. The individuals featured in this one-hour special reveal the decisions they have made, and speak only for themselves.”
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Since announcing plans to air the special, TLC has come under intense scrutiny from activist groups around the country. Progressive watchdog organization Americans Against the Tea Party called the show “garbage.” Meanwhile, a petition by Change.org urging TLC to cancel the show has garnered more than 70,000 e-signatures.
Watch a preview of the controversial special here.
“My Husband’s Not Gay” airs at 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11.