Gay actress and co-host of The Talk Sara Gilbert has said gay people should be allowed to try to live a ‘straight lifestyle’.
Speaking on the daytime CBS talk show, she and the rest of her co-hosts were reacting to GLAAD’s damning statement on the TLC show My Husband’s Not Gay.
The show follows four men, all of whom live in Salt Lake City, are life-long members of the Church of Latter Day Saints and have ‘same-sex attraction’ – but none of them identify as gay.
‘This show is downright irresponsible,’ said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.
‘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.’
More than 70,000 have signed a Change.org petition calling on TLC to cancel the show.
‘I think if you’re on a show called My Husband’s Not Gay, then your husband’s gay,’ Gilbert said in response.
‘But I also think there is a reverse bullying in the gay community where you can’t do it a certain way and – I’m sure this is controversial – but I think if a guy is attracted to guys and he wants to try to live a straight lifestyle that is as much his prerogative than somebody who wants to live a gay lifestyle.’
Co-host Aisha Tyler, who has appeared at many GLAAD events, said she hoped the show would actually help LGBTI people.
‘People are going to watch this show and they going to go, clearly these people are gay,’ she said.
‘They’re born that way. You can fight it, but it’s who you are, no matter how much you fight it, this is what you were born as.’