UPDATE: See also the following KUTV 2 News report on the special:
Reported today in an article on The Wrap, the TLC special “My Husband’s Not Gay” will be aired on Sunday, January 11th. The show has great potential to bring visibility to a growing number of individuals who are choosing heterosexual marriage or to remain single as an alternative to same-sex relationships when they experience same-sex attraction. See also the recent feature in the Washington Post featuring the growing number of gay-identified Christians who are choosing celibacy.
The show follows married Utah Mormon men who are attracted to the same sex despite being married to women
TLC will air a special in January called “My Husband’s Not Gay” that follows four men living in Salt Lake City, Utah, who don’t identify themselves as homosexual despite having an attraction to men.
The show focuses on three married couples: Jeff and Tanya, Pret and Megan, and Curtis and Tera. Joining the cast is 35-year-old Tom, the bachelor of the group who enjoys fishing and baseball and served as a missionary in Long Beach.
All cast members are devout Mormons belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The special will follow the cast as they navigate life while explaining to outsiders their unique marriages.
“I get a little defensive when somebody calls my husband gay,” one wife says in the debut trailer.
The special is produced by Hot Snakes Media.
TLC also airs another Utah-based show, “Sister Wives,” following Kody Brown who’s in a polygamous marriage with four women
The three couples have each also been featured in North Star’s Voices of Hope Project, and essays by both Jeff and Tanya were included in the 2011 publication Voices of Hope: Latter-day Saint Perspectives on Same-Gender attraction—An Anthology of Gospel Teachings and Personal Essays. Tom, “the bachelor of the group who enjoys fishing and baseball and served as a missionary in Long Beach,” was recently featured in a podcast by FairMormon addressing same-sex attraction.
“Jeff served a full-time mission in northeastern France, graduated from the University of Utah in psychology, and loves to read, travel, and swim. When not doing one of those things, he works as a project and property manager for a real estate. Tanya served in the Japan Fukuoka Mission, earned her bachelor’s degree, and is interested in photography, travel, and making jewelry. She works from home as a freelance graphic designer and website developer. They are the parents of one son. They believe that self-acceptance and the power of choice, coupled with on-going open communication, helped set the framework for a happy, gospel-centered marriage.”
“Preston and Megan were best friends when they decide to marry, and they now have a beautiful, smart, and stubborn daughter. Pret works as a nurse and Megan as a part-time school teacher and full-time wife and mom. They both hold callings in their ward and enjoy spending time with friends and family within and outside of their home. They believe that change is possible and requires hard work but the end result is becoming the person you want to be and that makes all the effort worth it.”
“Life-long members of the LDS church, Curtis and Tera have been married for 19 years and have 4 wonderful children. Curtis served a full-time mission in São Paulo, Brazil, graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors degree and went on to complete his Juris Doctorate and MBA from the University of Wyoming and University of Utah, respectively. In his spare time he’s an avid road cyclist, skier and spends time with family and friends. Tera graduated from Brigham Young University in Clothing & Textiles Design. When she’s not taking care of the household she does freelance clothing design. Through their experiences, they’ve sought certification as Intuitive Life Coaches in multiple modalities to aid in emotional release. They believe that strengthening their relationship through increased love, understanding, healthy communication on the principles of the gospel is the best gift they can give their children and those around them.”
“As one experiencing the challenges of Same Sex Attraction and being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Tom shares some healthy insights on how to approach individuals (Adult or youth) who are experiencing such inclinations.
“Tom discusses the need to love and accept those who identify as homosexual, while being able to not compromise our standards or endorse immoral practices. Above all, the message is how to remain and see individuals as faithful members of the church who have challenges, just like the rest of us, and that we must be willing to love and support those struggling with this powerful and complex issue.”