Posted: 6:35 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
By Ryan Gajewski
The Bachelor star Juan Pablo Galavis continues to deal with backlash from controversial comments he made over the weekend about how he doesn't want to see a gay Bachelor. Now, he is apologizing for a second time and is planning to meet with representatives from GLAAD.
On January 17, Juan Pablo said that a gay Bachelor would "not be a good example for kids" and that gay people are "more pervert." He issued an apology on Facebook the next day, explaining that his comment was taken out of context and that he wasn't able to properly express himself in English.
Now, Juan Pablo has spoken on the phone to Monica Trasandes, GLAAD's Director of Spanish-Language, to apologize specifically to his Latin fanbase. Juan Pablo says he will meet in person soon with GLAAD representatives.
"I have heard from many gay Latinos today who are hurt because of what I said, and I apologize," Juan Pablo says. "I know gay parents, and I support them and their families. They are good parents and loving families. I am a father, and I know the feel of being a father — why wouldn't I want my gay friends to also be happy parents?"
"I also want gay and lesbian youth to know that it is fine to be who you are," he continues. "Gay or straight, Black or White, Latin or American — what matters here is to respect who we are. I look forward to meeting with gay and lesbian families as well as Monica and Wilson [Cruz] from GLAAD. Gay and lesbian people, and the children they are raising, wrongfully face discrimination, and I want them to know that I'm on their side."
How do you feel about Juan Pablo's second apology? And do you think he'll benefit from meeting with GLAAD members?