By Alex J Davidson
Originally published on Advocate.com December 04 2013 8:14 PM ET
Ever want to be in a support group with Perez Hilton? If you are a gay dad, now’s your chance.
The blogger will be starring in a reality series called Gay Dads of New York, which follows new father Hilton, and other gay dads as they navigate the journey of raising children.
Hilton posted the following statement on his blog:
“What is your typical American family like? These days, it looks a lot like mine! I am honored and excited to bring to television a show that will be filled with love, humor and drama. What will it not be? Trashy or boring! I am thrilled to have partnered with the leaders and innovators of reality television, Bunim/Murray, to create a program that is compelling and real,” said Hilton. “Up until now people know me more for my opinions than who I am. This show will give viewers the opportunity to get to know the 'real' Perez Hilton and my family, as well as some other really dynamic gay dads, and the women that make up their support system. I am a recent transplant to New York City, looking for friends and open to - hopefully - love. To new beginnings and this exciting new venture!"
There was no immediate word as to what network will buy and air the show.
Hilton is working with Bunim/Murray, producers of The Real World, Project Runway, and Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and OMG Productions. Hilton’s role has already been cast but the production companies are seeking gay dads in the New York City area to be in the support group with Hilton. If you are interested you can click here and get more information.
The series will be the first of its kind for gay dads, most of whom have not had much of a public space to air the specific challenges they face when navigating the worlds of adoption, surrogacy and fostering.
“I immediately responded to the Gay Dads of New York concept because my partner and I were part of one of the first gay dads support groups in Los Angeles back in 1998,” said Jonathan Murray, Chairman of Bunim/Murray Productions. "Whether it's a single dad like Perez, or married gay dads, becoming a gay parent affects your relationships with family and friends, all of which will make fascinating stories.”
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