Access Hollywood Host, Mario Lopez, Under Fire for Anti-Trans Comments 

Photo Credit: John McDonald 3:37 PM Caption: Mario Lopez as grand Marshal of Miami Beach Pride in 2015

Mario Lopez is coming under fire for comments he made to a conservative talk show host regarding transgender children. 

The Access Hollywood co-host appeared on the conservative YouTube show, The Candace Owens Show, in June, where the commentator brought up “this new trend where celebrities are coming out […] and saying that their child is picking their gender.” 

“Look, I’m never one to tell anyone how to parent their kids, obviously, and I think if you come from a place of love, you really can’t go wrong,” Lopez responded. “But at the same time, my God, if you’re 3 years old and you’re saying you’re feeling a certain way, or you think you’re a boy or a girl or whatever the case may be, I just think it’s dangerous as a parent to make that determination […] It’s sort of alarming and my gosh, I just think about the repercussions later on.”

It’s unclear why it took so long for social media to take notice of Lopez’ comments. 

GLAAD released a statement pushing back against the former Extra host’s remarks. 

"Medical and psychological experts, and parents of children who are transgender, have long discredited the ideas that Mario Lopez shared last month. The real 'dangerous action' is when someone with a public platform uses bad science to speak against a marginalized and vulnerable group of children.”

On Wednesday the popular TV Show host backtracked and apologized.  

“The comments I made were ignorant and insensitive, and I now have a deeper understanding of how hurtful they were,” Lopez told PEOPLE. “I have been and always will be an ardent supporter of the LGBTQ community, and I am going to use this opportunity to better educate myself. Moving forward I will be more informed and thoughtful.”

Lopez, who is straight, is no stranger to the South Florida LGBT community where he was grand marshal of Miami Beach Pride in 2015. 

According to a press release from Miami Beach Pride at the time he chosen because he was “an ardent proponent of LGBTQ issues, Lopez is a long-time supporter of GLAAD. His association with the organization includes participation in the GLAAD ‘Amplify Your Voice’ anti-gay bullying PSA campaign, which ran in conjunction with Spirit Day, a national day set aside to remember gay teens who have been bullied. Lopez has also been a special guest and a presenter at several GLAAD Media Awards events.”

Lopez also played Greg Louganis, a gay man, in the 1997 movie “Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story.”

Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness also slammed Lopez on Twitter. 

"If you're not raising a child who is part of the LGBTQ+ community you should really be quiet," Van Ness tweeted Wednesday."You don't need to understand what you do not know."

According to GLAAD Extra will address the controversy on its show Wednesday night. 


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