Wife Swap features first ever episode with black gay dads

black gay dads Joseph family on Wife Swap

The US version of Wife Swap will feature its first ever family with black gay dads on Thursday (25 April).

Atlanta-based Terrell and Jarius Joseph signed up to the reality television show that sees one family trade a spouse for a week with another family.

26-year-old Terrell works in human resources for a Fortune 500 company, while 26-year-old Jarius is a sales executive for a technology company.

The married gay couple tried to have a baby via surrogate three years ago, but lost it in a miscarriage. Then in October 2017, Terrell and Jarius welcomed twins Ashton and Aria.

‘It was not an easy journey but it was worth it all,’ they told Gay Star News. ‘Our kids literally grew our hearts and grew us up more than we could imagine.

‘Having not one but two children at the age of 24 seemed crazy to most but perfect for us,’ they said.

black gay dads Joseph family on Wife Swap

Joseph family. | Photo: Drayton McJunkins (@dr8nn) / Instagram

‘The most challenging moments being dads would have to be managing time,’ they said. ‘Our kids are the most important and we often find that we have to make more time for each other.’

Wife Swap 

The young gay couple decided to challenge themselves and sign up for Wife Swap.

Terrell goes to live with religious couple Nina and Matt, along with their eight children.

In the trailer for the episode, Jerrell meets his new family and there’s shock amongst the kids, as they ask one another: ‘He’s the new mom?’

Meanwhile at home, there’s immediate tension between Nina and Jarius, who likes to keep the house very clean and says he doesn’t want Nina to touch his kids.

‘The biggest challenge of the show was actually Terrell leaving the kids,’ they revealed. ‘This was his first time ever being away from them since they were born.

‘I don’t think we thought it all the way through from that aspect because it was rough for him when the time came for him to leave.

The married gay couple also revealed experiencing the show was totally different to watching it on TV.

‘If you watch the show, you know you will likely get swapped with someone polar opposite of what you are used to,’ they said. ‘So while it was expected, it still came as a shock as the experience went on.

‘However, we are so blessed to have done it and hopefully share some positive light on the LGBTI community with much needed representation,’ they said.

On what the show taught them, they said: ‘The show taught us just how important the little things are we take for granted everyday. Or how we may get caught up in our day and take each other for granted.

‘When that changes, you feel your day moves a little slower and is not as exciting.’

They then joked: ‘Nobody also can make spaghetti like your husband can.’

Hopes for the future

Jarius and Terrell said they hope to be positive representation for the gay community, as well as ‘visibility to two dad households’.

‘We wanted to break the stereotype that it is not possible for same sex couples to raise children,’ they said. ‘Our children are happy, healthy, and experiencing much more than we did at that age.

‘There is no perfect way to parent, but love is present in every corner of our home and we sleep well knowing that our kids will grow up surrounded by that,’ they said.

black gay dads Joseph family on Wife Swap

Joseph family. | Photo: Drayton McJunkins (@dr8nn) / Instagram

The married gay couple are incredibly excited about what the future holds. They currently manage a hugely successful YouTube channel, as well as social media platforms.

‘We love to have fun and make memories and that is what our channel is all about,’ they explained. ‘We hope to have our own platform one day to reach millions.

‘[We also want to] inspire them to keep moving forward in a positive way and set out to accomplish their dreams,’ they said.

Watch Wife Swap on Thursday (25 April) at 9/8c on the Paramount Network.

See also

Gay couple to live with anti-gay preacher in new TV show

Landmark London ruling gives gay man rights over surrogate kid after split

Gay couple have baby via surrogate — and she’s one of the men’s mom

Author: James Besanvalle

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Jussie Smollett officially pleads not guilty to lying about gay hate crime

Jussie Smollett

Empire actor Jussie Smollett has officially pleaded not guilty to charges he lied to police about a gay hate crime.

One of Smollett’s lawyers, Tina Glandian, entered the plea at his arraignment in a Chicago courtroom this morning (14 March).

Smollett is due in court again on 17 April. He could face up to three years in prison.

Jussie Smollett: A background

This story began in late January when Smollett reported to Chicago police two men attacked him.

The investigation took a turn when police arrested two brothers. The brothers claimed Smollett paid them to help him stage the attack.

Jussie Smollett on Good Morning America | Photo: ABC

Jussie Smollett on Good Morning America | Photo: ABC

Earlier this month, a grand jury indicted actor Smollett on 16 felony counts.

The indictment stated Smollett filed a false report and then charged him with disorderly conduct.

According to CBS Chicago, the Cook County grand jury’s indictment stated: ‘Jussie Smollett knew that at the time […] there was no reasonable ground for believing that such offenses had been committed.’

Each of the counts covers various alleged false statements Smollett made to police officers. This includes alleged acts Smollett reportedly falsely described to officers, including two men attacking him and pouring a chemical on him.

Smollett was first charged with one count of disorderly conduct in February.

He continues to maintain his innocence as a victim and his attorneys said they would be mounting an ‘aggressive defense’.

See also:

Robin Roberts gets ‘honest’ over her ‘no-win’ Jussie Smollett interview

LGBTI advocate charged with arson after suspected hate crime on his home

Jussie Smollett cut from final two Empire episodes following arrest

Author: James Besanvalle

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Milan Christopher Claims Jussie Smollett Kept Him From Getting on ‘Empire’ and That He’s the ‘Father of Black Gay Hollywood: WATCH

Milan Christopher, rapper and Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood star, came out hard against actor Jussie Smollett on The Armon Wiggins‘ show yesterday, claiming that Smollett stopped him from getting on Empire.

Christopher claims that Smollett bad mouthed him around Hollywood because he was intimidated by Christopher and wanted to be the “it” Black, gay actor.

In a rant worthy of Kanye West, Christopher posted an Instagram post [since taken down] where he railed on and on that he was among other things, “The Father of Black Gay Hollywood.”

Christopher’s prose had manic self-aggrandizing quality that’s almost disturbing.

“In a lengthy rant that seems to have had no real point, except to brag…Milan wants us all to know he fathered us and we are all his sons,” reported Aazios, which captured the rant before it was taken down (see below). 

“In his rant he mentions several of his accomplishments which are all great but sir Karamo was the first openly gay male to have his real relationship play out on reality TV.”

Karamo refers to Queer Eye for the Straight Guy‘s Karamo Brown.

His claims are multitude but let’s confirm what we can:

“I was the first openly gay Black male to have his relationship played out on Reality TV.”

FALSE: Sean Sasser, who was Pedro Zamora’s boyfriend on The Real World San Francisco certainly was before Milan’s time. Sasser passed away years after Zamora, from HIV complications in 2013.

“I was the first Black celebrity to be a spokesperson for PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylactic) aka Truvada.

TRUEish: Christopher was in last yearF*** Without Fear HIV prevention campaign, the Los Angeles LGBT Center teamed with Christopher to launch its new PrEPd AF outreach campaign. “The main goal is to raise awareness that PrEP prevents HIV without impacting peoples ability to have active and fun sex lives, reported HIV Plus last year.

In the same interview he doubled down on his claim that “a lot of rappers are secretly bisexual.”

“The more attention the campaign gets, the more people it reaches and, hopefully, it reaches men who have sex with men who dont identify as gay or bi,” Christopher continued. “A lot of influential people in the music industry follow me on social media, so [hopefully] this reaches them.”

We’ll skip to the end which is the part that’s more fun and [I’m sure] unintentionally hilarious: “I’m fine AF [True], I have a beautiful smile [We’ll give him that], banging body [obviously], fat ass [no comment], and a big a** dick [unconfirmable at press time].”

Comedian Sampson McCormick, who also has been an “openly Black celebrity” who has been a spokesperson for PrEP, said of Christopher’s rant: “He’s an a**hole, I wish people wouldn’t give him the time.”

Watch Wiggins’ show below.

You can check out Christopher’s Instagram below.

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