When Whitney Gilbert and Shadese “DeeDee” Griffith started courting greater than a yr in the past, neither may have anticipated that they and their family members would to find themselves on actuality tv.
A family members dance, posted to social media, confirmed off their combined, nine-person family members. Greater than 298,000 likes and hundreds of feedback later, they discovered themselves in talks with a manufacturing corporate that sought after to turn their lives on tv.
“So all of us wore pleasure shirts after which all of our children had been in a line in the back of us and it ended up going viral,” Gilbert mentioned.
And with the premiere of the particular “Our 2 Mothers” Tuesday night time (Oct. 25) at 10 p.m. on TLC, they’ll inform their tale to the sector, with all its ups and downs.
The preview for “Our 2 Mothers” on TLC is as follows: Newly engaged, Whitney and DeeDee juggle elevating seven children and making plans their dream wedding ceremony. Between ex-husbands, opinionated households and small-town attitudes a couple of same-sex, interracial couple, getting down the aisle could be more difficult than anticipated.
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Gilbert mentioned she used to be got rid of from her reward and worship group at a neighborhood church after she and Griffith started courting and that their huge, interracial family members once in a while catches glances in public. She used to be married for a decade to a person ahead of courting and in the end turning into engaged to Griffith, a part of why many had been shocked when the 2 become a pair.
“A large number of other people had been like, ‘Whoa, Whitney simply went from excellent, godly, Christian lady to with a feminine,’ so I felt like nobody understands me,” Gilbert mentioned.
And whilst there may be drama within the couple and family members’s lives, she mentioned they hope to turn the positives and the negatives of lifestyles in Statesville with their family members.
“Something that the reveal in point of fact needs to turn is that you just realize it’s in point of fact onerous to like who you’re keen on and be in an overly conservative city. They need to reveal that it’s no longer as open right here and it’s no longer as simple to reside the way of living that we’re we’re residing, however they’re additionally hoping that this may deliver consciousness and assist other people to take into account that we’re similar to everybody else,” Gilbert mentioned.
Gilbert, a instructor at Iredell-Statesville Colleges, and Griffith, a psychological well being therapist, hope the reveal will assist other people perceive them and different LBGTQ other people. She mentioned there are steps in the proper course, one among which used to be how Statesville has begun within the closing two years to host Satisfaction occasions.
“I think like we’re in spite of everything, getting there, getting someplace. Even in a yr, it has modified drastically,” Gilbert mentioned.
The particular premieres on Tuesday night time on TLC, and will also be seen the following day at the Discovery+ app.
The 2 will also be discovered on social media on Instagram at whitney_ourtwomoms and shadese_ourtwomoms, and on Tiktok at @whitneyrebecca2020 and @shadede5.
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