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Published On: Thu, Jan 8th, 2015

‘My Husband’s Not Gay’ show puts TLC under fire again

My Husbands not gay TLC reality show TLC is back under fire for their newest show, My Husband’s Not Gay, which airs on Sunday. The show centers on four Mormon men who are married to women but attracted to men. They refer to it as SSA, same-sex attraction. In the special, the four couples explore talk about their lifestyle decisions.

A petition started by Josh Sanders on Change.org says the show “promotes the false and dangerous idea that gay people can and should choose to be straight in order to be part of their faith communities.”
Sanders describes himself as a devout Christian who was told as he was growing up that he should “pray the gay away.” In the end, he says, that only caused despair.

Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, echoes his sentiment, saying in a statement on the group’s site, “This show is downright irresponsible. 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.”

As one man on the show says, “Just like I can’t choose not to be gay, I can’t choose not to be a person of faith.”
Representatives of the show didn’t clarify the remarks when asked if that centered on “sexual activity” being the choice, not necessarily their “attractions.”
TLC has responded to the objections, saying in a statement, “The individuals featured in this one-hour special reveal the decisions they have made, and speak only for themselves.”

TLC has brought viewers “19 Kids & Counting,” “The Little Couple” and “Sister Wives” – all of which center on unique lifestyles.

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