TLC To Air “My Husband’s Not Gay,” About Mormon Husbands Attracted To Other Men

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In January TLC will air My Husband’s Not Gay, a reality special that follows four Mormon men who claim they are living heterosexual lives, despite being attracted to other men.

Believed to originally have been conceived as as series, the one-off special focuses on three devout married couples in Salt Lake City—Jeff and Tanya, Pret and Megan, and Curtis and Tera—plus 35-year-old bachelor Tom, who’s figuring out dating life with the opposite sex.

They notice other guys, and might even comment on them, but these men aren’t gay, no sir. Says one wife in the trailer, below, “I get a little defensive when somebody calls my husband gay.”

One of the husbands says “I like to say I’ve chosen an alternative to an alternative lifestyle,”  while another explains it as, “I’m interested in men, I’m just not interested in men.”

An exploration of gay men in straight marriages could be insightful, and reveal the kind of hypocrisy and turmoil that governs life in the closet. But this is the network that gave us Duck Dynasty and 19 Kids And Counting so don’t hold your breath.

Does anyone remember when TLC used to just show open-heart surgery? Let’s go back to that.

My Husband’s Not Gay airs January 11 at 10pm on TLC.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.