Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (June 27, 2008)


Last Tuesday night on FX’s 30 Days, Morgan Spurlock‘s documentary/reality series in which someone spends a month immersed in a totally different way of life (typically one they disagree with), same-sex parenting was the focus. During the episode, Mormon mom Kati Blackledge, who was adopted herself and is the mother of two adopted children, moves in with gay dads Dennis and Thomas Patrick and their four adopted sons.

Kati thinks that kids should only be raised by heterosexual married parents. Obviously, Dennis and Thomas disagree. (Read’s article on the episode here.)

Kati (left) and the Patrick family

Photo credit: FX

Dennis and Patrick are model parents and seem like just about the nicest gay guys ever. Kati, on the other hand, is a mess of contradictions. She says that her faith dictates that she can never support gay parents, but she also claims she can be friends with them even while she actively works to take away their rights to care for their children.

During the course of Kati’s stay with the Patricks, she is forced to volunteer for a gay parents’ activist group (she grumbles all the way), as well as attend a COLAGE meeting (in which she says she doesn’t want kids to be raised by gay/lesbian parents because it makes the kids more likely to be gay). She also socializes at a lesbian moms-and-families picnic, which leads to a lot of tearful processing with a random lesbian mom who seems a bit bemused by Kati’s "they’re picking on me!" attitude.

Photo credit: FX

Periodically throughout the episode, Morgan Spurlock jumps in with some attempts to show different sides to the issue. In one case he visits Pacific Reproductive Services, a lesbian-owned sperm bank in San Francisco, where he learns that he can make hundreds of dollars just doing what he would be doing anyway (don’t make me spell it out).

In another instance he presents an interview with Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council, a conservative, anti-gay organization. Here’s what Sprigg says: “Homosexuality is associated with higher rates of sexual promiscuity, sexually transmitted diseases, mental illness, substance abuse, domestic violence, and child sexual abuse, and those are all reasons for us to be concerned about placing children into that kind of setting.”

In response, GLAAD issued a call to action, stating that FX and 30 Days neglected to provide any experts to counter these ludicrous claims.

I’m just shocked that good ol’ Pete didn’t put homicide on the list of homosexual evils. I mean, isn’t that what the "hom" part stands for?

— by Malinda Lo

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