Josh Sanders Talks Petition to Cancel TLC's My Husband's Not Gay and More (AUDIO)

January 13, 2015 11:55 PM

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Josh Sanders Talks Petition to Cancel TLC's My Husband's Not Gay and More (AUDIO)

This week I talked with Josh Sanders, Director of External Engagement at the GO! Athletes Network, about the Change.org petition he initiated to demand that TLC cancel the reality show My Husband's Not Gay, which promotes the false and dangerous idea that gay people can and should choose to live as straight in order to be part of their faith communities. With over 125,000 signatures, this petition has garnered the attention of mainstream media and hopefully will result in the cancellation of this misleading view of the LGBT community. My Husband's Not Gay also sends a very disturbing and irresponsible message to LGBT youth, who are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their non-LGBT peers and are especially vulnerable when dealing with bullying. Sanders, who is a devout Christian, understands the important role that faith plays in the lives of the couples featured on the show, especially after he was subjected to six months of so-called "reparative therapy," which falsely claims to turn gay people straight.

My personal commitment is to live authentically. I have to live authentically; I have to speak up if I see injustice. And right now I love what's going on with marriage equality. I love what's going on with equal-protection rights and the abilities for spouses to be able to receive health benefits. ...

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