By Diane Anderson-Minshall
Originally published on Advocate.com March 06 2012 2:05 PM ET
Nancy Alvarez, the colorful former host of Univision's Spanish-language TV show Quién Tiene la Razon, has stepped in it again, this time telling AOL Latino that people are made gay by "mistakes made by their parents" in response to a tweet from Ricky Martin arguing that people are born gay and not made gay, as are heterosexuals born that way rather than "made straight."
According to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which responded to Alvarez's comments with a column on today's AOL Latino, Martin took to Twitter "after the question was posed on an unfortunately biased segment about so-called conversion therapies that promise to change a person’s orientation on Univision nighttime newsmagazine program Aquí y Ahora, a show that usually produces fair, accurate and inclusive coverage of LGBT people."
Alvarez, who bills herself as a sexologist and a doctor, has previously said that she was concerned about gay parents and the effects they may have on their kids.
"Unfortunately, Nancy Alvarez’s comments are only a symptom of a larger problem," GLAAD wrote in response. "Though true that in recent years, we’ve seen a growing number of positive representations of LGBT people and issues in Spanish-language media, (meaning that millions of Latinos are getting to know LGBT people as their neighbors, friends, co-workers and family members), as with English-language media, there’s plenty of room for improvement."