Dr. Jeff Apologizes For Remarks On Gay Children

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Comments Dad Camp‘s Dr. Jeff Gardere made last week on CNN (where he frequents as an on-air expert) regarding a mother who allowed her son to dress up as a female character from Scooby Doo sparked an outrage. Dr. Jeff took the woman to task for “outing” her son, and said, “It is the worst nightmare of heterosexual and gay couples to have to fathom that their child might be gay.” Soon after, Dr. Jeff spoke to the gay blog After Elton, to clarify:

“What the full statement should have been and what I always say because I do work with straight and gay parents, it is a real issue for them because they are afraid, and this is the part I didn’t say and what I should have said, and you can go back and research it and you’ll see that I’ve said it in every other place. And that is my fault and I accept complete responsibility for not saying that. Those parents, even gay parents say it, as controversial as that will sound, do not want their children to have to deal with the pain and the isolation and a lot of the emotional trauma that they have to go through as far as coming to terms with their sexuality. They know that they went through it and they prefer that their kids not go through it. And that’s what the full statement should have been.”

Additionally, Dr. Jeff repeatedly emphasized the responsibility he’s taking for his words and said that he was not out to shame the mother in question: “It was never my intention to criticize this mother. I think what she did as far as supporting her child and allowing him to express himself in anyway possible is 100 percent admirable. I think at this point in our history this is what more people need to be able to do, to step up in that way.” [After Elton via Towleroad]

  1. daf says:

    Well, it’s not like he was lying. I’d never want my kid to deal with the pain like I did, but I do want them to be themselves and love who they are.

  2. Rita Norton says:

    You should be more careful with your wording. Children can’t help how they feel or turn out in their futures. It is not for us to judge them or make harmful remarks. Glad you apologized, but the damage has been done. Rita, straight and unpredudiced.

  3. spanishdoll says:

    rita shut up, only in a society where disregarding God’s word can still make you seem a beast he said what was on his mind, when he apologized that was fake

  4. 4REALZ says:

    Live and let Live! Everybody needs to stop judging people! We all know somebody gay, or even have a family member who is gay! And GUESS what lots of ladies husbands are on the Down Low!

    It’s 2010 Everybody mind your own Business! Maybe then most of the haters would be a lil more happier!

  5. kaystar says:

    Dr. Jeff was right, although he didn’t say it the way he normally does. He is a very fair and compassionate person who cares about others. I can honestly say that about Dr. Jeff – he cares!