Josh Duggar, Oldest of the 19-Child Reality TV Family, Takes a Job with an Anti-Gay Hate Group

Josh Duggar, the oldest of the Duggar children from TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, has accepted a job as Executive Director at the FRC Action group of Family Research Council, the SPLC-designated hate group run by Tony Perkins, GLAAD reports:

2_duggarDuggar has said in the past that he "will be working with a Christian organization to help promote 'family values and right to life.”  But FRC has spent  decades attacking same-sex couples and their families, as well as the families of LGBT young people. Duggar said that he will be working on the 501c4 side of the organization, which is more politically driven. He can't even claim he's just going to shape the culture.

Now that Josh Duggar has accepted a position at such an anti-gay organization, he has become a full-fledged anti-gay activist. What does this mean for TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting? Will TLC allow it to become a mainstream outlet for FRC’s dangerous message? What about the Duggar family's appearances in other media? Will his work with one of the most vile anti-gay organizations in America be legitimized there?

"If Josh Duggar wants to make a living dehumanizing and denigrating LGBT people and their families, that's his business, but FRC's lies and stereotypes need to be treated as such," said GLAAD Spokesperson Wilson Cruz. "Josh's new boss Tony Perkins has actually accused LGBT equality advocates of being pawns of the devil.  Fans of his family's reality show ought to know that."

Listen to Duggar make the announcement, below:

Jeremy Hooper at Good As You adds:

Not only is Josh going to work at FRC, but he's actually going to work on the action side. This kid is going to head up FRC's Political Action Committee! This means that he won't even be able to claim he's just commentating or advocating or something else that sounds sweet and innocent. No, no—this reality TV scion is going to be heading up the wing of FRC that goes against us on the hill, in state legislatures, at the ballot box, etc. He has taken a position that directly seeks to stop (or even rollback) our rights and protections!

Look, it's his life, his career, and his choice. In terms of the gig itself, I say bring it! I'm more than ready to challenge whatever he plans.

But don't even try, TLC network, to position Josh's story as something that should warm the fires within my own heart and home. That ship has sailed. This TLC star is going to be paid to spearhead a quest that seeks to diminish, if not completely extinguish, all that I hold dear within my own marriage, family, and home. Forget carefully edited reality TV—for me and millions of others, this crap just got really real. For real.


  1. QJ201 says

    @Paul R
    Yes TR should only be celebrity news and half naked men. Andy should avoid reporting on organizations and individuals who are actively trying to keep us second class citizens.

  2. Rad says

    Really, people, what do you expect? He’s the product of home schooling and has no social touchstone other than women are only there to make lots and lots of babies. He was raised to believe that his role in life is to provide sperm and change diapers. He has no other perspective, so along comes the FRC promoting straight procreation, and lo and behold, that’s about the only thing he has on his resume under education.

    I can only hope that as he gets away from being raised in a litter, that the real world will educate him a little better than the crap his folks were feeding him.

  3. jleo71 says

    TR is a great site for all kinds of news. Most is relevant to LGBT people but some is not. Great job Andy. We need to hear what our detractors are doing and saying.

  4. Jason says

    With 19 kids, hasn’t he contributed to overpopulation already? Also, the notion of his ugly gene spread among his brood is foreboding to say the least.

    His wife is pathetic, too.

  5. gehrett says

    I had to laugh earlier this week as The Today Show actually sent a pregnant Jenna Wolfe out to Arkansas to interview the family and she kept going on and on about getting advice from them about raising kids. I wonder if they know that she’s a lesbian? Josh wouldn’t have let her hold his newborn then.

  6. disgusted american says

    Executive director –? with what credentials? LOL sad fact is…with 19kids, they are pretty much gaurenteed 1,2 and even 3 kids to grow up gay in this hateful family, those -gay- kids will Hate themselves, and suicide is not out of the picture…..just give that Litter another 5-10yrs — Mommy dearest kinda book in the works..maybe?

  7. The Milkman says

    I think the descriptor “reality star” might be applied a little too liberally here. I fail to see how this young man is a reality star just because he’s one of many individuals streaming out of the clown car that is this woman’s uterus.

  8. mikro says

    His qualifications are as follows
    Access to a ready made & available TV audience, some of whom may not already be members/followers of FRC but are ripe for recruitment
    I’m sure he’ll be a figurehead with someone else making the real decisions

  9. me says

    Aren’t the Duggars part of some theocratic xian movement to reproduce exponentially and replace the government with a evangelical regime?

  10. Caliban says

    Really this is just making the religious/political beliefs of the Duggar family overt instead of unspoken. It was NEVER a cute or charming story of a family that “just happen” to have 19 kids, as spending a little time looking into the Quiverfull religious movement, of which the Duggars are members, would have revealed.

    The purpose of all those children is to be Christian Right “culture warriors,” arrows in the quiver of a religious agenda. By joining the FRC Josh Duggar is fulfilling that goal and no one should be surprised but it. It always WAS the sweet(ish) face of a truly nasty cult wherein women are expected to serve men and pump out as many babies as possible, and with really awful socio/political beliefs.

    So this doesn’t really CHANGE anything. What’s sad is that it took this long for their true agenda to be discussed.

  11. HadenoughBS says

    Why in the Hell does a cable channel celebrate a family for having 19 – YES, count ’em – 19 children (and more to come?) – and for 11 years? The entire premise of this straight Christianist family is disgusting. UGH, the Duggars’ “19 Kids and Counting” show is one of the many examples of these moronic, cheap-to-produce reality TV shows I’ll never ever watch.

  12. CKNJ says

    I LOVE that comment too: ‘that clown car that is this woman’s uterus’…. LOL!!!!! The Milkman wins comment of the day!!!!

  13. Cam says

    Two things…

    1. Sounds like he is a closet case because I’m sorry, but ACTUAL straight people do not spend all their time worrying about gays.

    2. TLC and more importantly their advertisers need to hear immediately that this show has now obviously become an anti-gay show with a bigoted castmate.

    Here is a link to Discovery Communications.

  14. ratbastard says

    The more kids you have, greater the likelihood at a minimum one will be gay.

    Just saying.

  15. Belthazar says

    “I LOVE that comment too: ‘that clown car that is this woman’s uterus’…. LOL!!!!! The Milkman wins comment of the day!!!!”


  16. says

    this family has disgusted me for so long.

    19 kids and counting. and none are in the LGBT-spectrum, eh?

    the chances of that are so slim as to be non-existent.

    hey Duggars! remember last season how you had a funeral for your stillborn youngest? anticipate more child funerals. hope you like teeny-wee cute lil’caskets!

  17. screaming queen says

    He probably tells his friends that he’s on a mission to stop people with bad morals from openly flaunting their freakish lifestyle choices. With absolutely no sense of irony.

  18. jamal49 says

    What does one expect? His parents are evangelical dominionists who belong to the “Quiverfull” movement. It’s OK. Josh Duggar is a home-schooled ignoramus. He’ll get his comeuppance.

  19. Dback says

    In the real world, gay couples are overwhelmingly the #1 adopters of “throwaway kids” in America–non-white kids, kids who were abused or neglected and ended up in foster care, kids with medical issues or disabilities, etc. Yet the Duggars keep cranking out “their own” kids, even to the point of medical disasters. If you want to know about real heroic family with 19 kids, research the DeBolts, who were the subject of a documentary that won an Oscar.

  20. greenfuzz says

    This family is disgusting and has been for years on TLC. And yes,kiwi was telling the truth about the funeral. They even passed out sonagrams of the fetus to the attendees. I hope if there are any gay kids they will come out in the near future and tell what it was like living in this household. I’ll stick with The Little Couple.

  21. Lee says

    I think its funny that Josh Duggar is gonna be working for morals and his parents have almost 20 kids.

  22. millerbeach says

    Who are these people? Human rabbits? Ever hear of birth control? How can they possibly support 19 children without governmental help? Thank God I do not have cable television. All the more proof of that Bruce Springstein song…”56 channels and nothing on”.