GLAAD Wants ‘My Husband’s Not Gay’ Gone — New TLC Special Called ‘Dangerous’ [VIDEO]
TLC plans to air a special on Sunday January 11th at 10pm called "My Husband's Not Gay," which documents four families in which the husband is attracted to other men but has chosen to marry a woman.
GLAAD has slammed TLC and the show, calling it "downright irresponsible," in a release issued to The Hollywood Reporter. "No one can change who they love, and, more importantly, no one should have to. By investing in this dangerous programming, TLC is putting countless young LGBT people in harm's way."
There's even an online petition that has more than 70,000 signatures urging TLC to drop the special.
TLC defends airing the show, saying "TLC has long shared compelling stories about real people and different ways of life, without judgment," reads the statement. "The individuals featured in this one-hour special reveal the decisions they have made, and speak only for themselves."
By now, I hope that you've noticed a theme in the content of blogs that I have posted related to the LGBT community, and that is one of support, inclusion, particularly from the Christian community, and, for parents that might struggle with their child's sexuality, unconditional love and acceptance.
With that being said, to suggest that this show is "dangerous" but to raise no red flag over shows like The Bachelor, Real World or Honey Boo-Boo is silly and unfortunate.
I absolutely, unequivocally think TLC should (and should be able to without protest) air this show.
Science is cited as supporting the fact that we can't choose whom we are attracted to or whom we love, but your sexual identity, whatever it is, does not make you incapable of making choices.
We have choices to make every day. We choose, despite the fact that the law lists the speed limit as 70, to drive 80. In courtship and love we make choices. Do I kiss this person? Do I sleep with this person? Some of our choices are hard. Really, really hard. Like, I love this person but do I choose not to be with them because they are an alcoholic or because they are abusive?
I absolutely believe the Christian community needs to step up and live like Jesus, loving one another -- every one -- unconditionally. But, the Christian faith is based on free will, and while, as humans, we may be programmed to do certain things, be certain things or act certain ways (let's be honest, we're all programmed to do a lot of things that we choose not to do because they will get us arrested or killed), it is ultimately our decision as to what our actions will be.
If, as a Christian (Mormon, in the case of this show), a person decides that their religion or their relationship with God is more important than their "programming" -- one's "desires of the flesh," if you will, it is completely respectable that they make the choice to live according to what they believe God desires, rather than what they, themselves, desire.
The only thing this show is dangerous to is an attack on traditional Biblical principles and the notion that we aren't capable of making choices for ourselves.
As a Christian and a friend to the LGBT community, I'm offended by those protesting this show.