Juan Pablo Galavis, star of ABC's The Bachelor, addressed his recent comments on LGBT people and what he's learned in People en Español. An english translation of his comments was posted today on Advocate.com.
"Recently I said some things that were very problematic and have led the public to question my feelings about gay, lesbian and bisexual people.
Although it has been a difficult situation and I've apologized for the misunderstanding, I do think something good can come out of this and that is that I now have the opportunity to say what I do feel. During an interview, I used a word that did not at all express what I meant to say.
I never meant to criticize the idea of gay people. 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. 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. 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.
When GLAAD representatives shared with me some stories, and told me how often LGBT people are attacked verbally and physically, assaulted and even murdered, this helped me reflect on this situation. I could understand a little better the calls I received from gay and straight friends. And it made me think why not do more to help, so it’s time to speak out.
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. As human beings, we should all think about how to make society better so that each individual feels respected."
Galavis recently met with LGBT Latinos and families including Monica Trasandes, a gay mom from Uruguay who leads GLAAD's Latino and Spanish-Language Media Program, and GLAAD's Wilson Cruz, who played TV's first gay teen on ABC's My So-Called Life and currently works with GLAAD to advocate for more LGBT-inclusive television programs and films. Read the full story at The Advocate.