Celebrity psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere
has apologized for saying that having a gay child is every parent's
The media savvy doctor made his comment
on Friday during a CNN segment in which he spoke to a
Kansas City mother who allowed her son to dress as Daphne from the
The mother took on critics of her
parenting in a
blog post titled My
Son Is Gay, which attracted nationwide attention after
millions read her thoughts and thousands commented.
“This little post about this sweet,
handsome boy strikes a chord with everybody,” the mother, who asked
to be identified as Sarah, told ABC News.
In the CNN segment, Sarah phoned in to
discuss why she spoke out on the incident, which involved several
mothers voicing their disapproval.
Gardere said “it is the worst
nightmare of heterosexual and gay couples to have to fathom that
their child may be gay.”
Sarah didn't respond to the comment,
but several media outlets called on Gardere to apologize.
“What sits high on my parental
nightmare list (gay isn't even on it) is that people like Dr. Gardere
are contributing to a culture of hatred by alluding that having a gay
child is a terrible thing for families,” Rob
Anderson wrote in the Boston
On Sunday, Gardere
did apologize, and he also expounded on his thoughts.
“I have made this same statement
before but have always completed the thought with 'because they were
worried that their child would face isolation, hostility, emotional
and physical bullying from people who are anti-gay,” he wrote.
Gardere added that in his haste he
failed to “get to the next thought.”
“There is absolute no excuse for this
mental lapse, especially on such an important topic,” he added.