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Ricky Martin is has spoken out against Aqui y Ahora, a popular nightly newsmagazine on the Spanish-language network Univision, after it aired an episode last week that featuring a man who claimed homosexuality can be cured. Shortly after the episode aired, Martin tweeted to Aqui y Ahora anchor Maria Salinas, asking whether being straight is a choice.
According to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, the show also neglected to report that so-called ex-gay organizations like Exodus International are not licensed to provide therapy. Furthermore, the American Psychiatric Association has debunked the claim that "reparative therapy" can transform a person's sexual orientation. The episode comes after Ecuador announced in January that it would shut down hundreds of the "ex-gay" clinics operating around the country.
GLAAD has called on the network to "apologize and commit to doing a segment that provides the balance sorely lacking in the recent segment and that explains the harm done by so-called 'reparative therapies,'" officials the organization said Friday. Network executives reportedly said they would announce plans to address this episode next week.
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