“The Bachelor” learns about LGBT families: “The reality is I have no problem with same-sex couples who want to be parents”
Juan Pablo Galavis is speaking out after meeting with some LGBTI families during his apology tour.
The current star of ABC’s The Bachelor suffered massive backlash last month when he told a reporter that he did not think there should ever be a gay version of The Bachelor and that such a show would not set a good example for kids.
‘I never meant to criticize the idea of gay people,’ he tells People En Espanol in an interview translated by GLAAD for Advocate.com.
‘The reality is I have no problem with same-sex couples who want to be parents. I’m a father and so I know how it feels, I definitely want my gay friends to have that feeling,’ Galavis adds. ‘Watching the way so many of my friends treat my daughter Camila – like family – I can see how much my gay friends want to be parents — and how good they will be at it.’
He also says: ‘If Camila happens to be gay when she grows up, I will respect her, support her and love her the same as I do now.’
Brazilian-born Galavis had initially blamed his comments partially on English being his second language. He had characterized gays as being ‘more pervert.’
ABC was quick to slam Galavis for his comments and ratings for the long-running reality series have not suffered since the controversy.
The entire episode has given him greater understanding on the LGBTI community and the verbal and physical attacks they sometimes suffer because of bigotry.
‘I wish, of course, it had not come about the way it did, but I’m glad that this situation can be an opportunity to help people accept and respect the LGBT community,’ he says.