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06/17/2013

'Discriminating with the Stars': Reality TV personality to head FRC's Action arm

by Jeremy Hooper

Regular G-A-Y readers know that I've long taken issue with the way the mainstream media treats the Duggar family. Namely, I've held beef with the way MSM reporters tend to act like the Duggar story that the TLC network has been airing for years is just a homespun tale of family values when, in fact, the family is quite politically active with rabidly anti-LGBT groups. That last part seems to get either completely overlooked or mentioned in passing.

Yeah, well—now there's this:

Josh Duggar, the oldest of the Duggar children from TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, has accepted a job at the Family Research Council (FRC), making him an outright anti-gay activist. FRC has been classified as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and has a long history of attacking the LGBT community and their friends, family and allies.
JOSH DUGGAR TAKES A JOB WITH ANTI-GAY FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL [GLAAD]

FRC is of course one of the most hostile groups working against us. Screen Shot 2013-06-17 At 6.27.26 PmThe eldest child and one of the TLC show's most prominent stars is now going to be an EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (!) with this, one of America's most vehemently anti-LGBT organizations.

Not only is Josh going to work at FRC, but he's actually going to work on the action side. This kid is going to head up FRC's Political Action Committee! This means that he won't even be able to claim he's just commentating or advocating or something else that sounds sweet and innocent. No, no—this reality TV scion is going to be heading up the wing of FRC that goes against us on the hill, in state legislatures, at the ballot box, etc. He has taken a position that directly seeks to stop (or even rollback) our rights and protections!

Look, it's his life, his career, and his choice. In terms of the gig itself, I say bring it! I'm more than ready to challenge whatever he plans.

But don't even try, TLC network, to position Josh's story as something that should warm the fires within my own heart and home. That ship has sailed. This TLC star is going to be paid to spearhead a quest that seeks to diminish, if not completely extinguish, all that I hold dear within my own marriage, family, and home. Forget carefully edited reality TV—for me and millions of others, this crap just got really real. For real.

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