Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent Deliver Emotional Speech About LGBTQ Visibility on Television
The stars of TLC’s 'Nate & Jeremiah,' who are expecting their second child, were honored by the Family Equality Council at the group’s annual gala Saturday night by their good friend Armie Hammer.
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent are expecting the birth of their second child any minute.
They even had a car packed and waiting for them just in case they got the call during Saturday night’s Family Equality Council’s Impact Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, where they were honored with this year’s Murray-Reese Family Award.
“It can happen any second,” Berkus told The Hollywood Reporter.
“Maybe I’ll just go into sympathy labor here,” Brent joked.
“It’s a miracle that we’re here,” Berkus added.
The stars of the TLC reality home-makeover show Nate & Jeremiah by Design married three years ago and have a 3-year-old daughter, Poppy. They announced Valentine’s Day that they were expecting a boy.
The Family Equality Council is a nationwide advocacy group for LGBTQ parents and their children. Armie Hammer presented Berkus and Brent with their award.
“I want to start by saying that Nate and Jeremiah are so annoying,” the Call Me by Your Name star joked. “They are the couple version of that friend that we all know that eats nothing but cheeseburgers and has a fucking six-pack."
“Have you been to their house?” Hammer continued. “I mean, we’ve all seen it because millions of people watch their show, but their house is perfect. Their house is so perfect that we took our daughter over to play with their perfect daughter, Poppy — she even has a great name — and while we were there I snuck into the bathroom and started Googling California squatter rights because they were never going to get me out of there.”
Kidding aside, Berkus and Jeremiah delivered an emotional acceptance speech about how their show isn’t just about design. “What does it feel like for a young gay, transgender or bisexual child to watch a family that looks like them, living openly on television?” Brent asked. “It is not lost on us. It is not lost on us how lucky we are to be a gay family at this moment at this time…. We know that we now have a responsibility to love visibly.”
Berkus said, “We meet different families from all different walks of life, and through the exercise of home makeovers we try to break down the barriers and normalize the way our family looks and the way our family loves and copes and exists to the people in the middle of the country that may not know a family with two dads at the heart and at the helm.”
As Brent teared up, Berkus explained, “Jeremiah cries in every episode...literally every episode.”
Brent shot back, “Wait for it!”
The two also told The Hollywood Reporter that they regularly hear from LGBTQ young people thanking them for their show. “The nicest thing that a kid said to us once was, ‘It’s so nice to watch a show where two men could kiss that’s not about two men kissing,’” Brent said. “The normalcy of our story was the intention behind our show."
Hosted by funny man Alec Mapa, the evening raised close to $378,200 for the organization. Olivia Holt presented the Impact Award to Johnson & Johnson for the health and beauty company’s LGBTQ Care With Pride initiative.
Other stars at the event included Marcia Gay Harden, Beau Bridges, Lance Bass, Peter Paige and Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown.
HBO and Target were among the night’s sponsors, as were Barry’s Bootcamp, Playbill, Disney-ABC Television, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Berlanti Productions and the Warner Bros. Television Group.