Online group protests inclusion of same-sex families in children’s magazine
One Million Moms, the online group created to allow self-righteous and bigoted mothers everywhere the ability to make real change by boycotting companies like The Olive Garden and Fruit of the Loom, has a new campaign of hate out just in time for the holidays. This time their target is the wonderful children’s magazine, Highlights, because they have committed to including same-sex families in future issues.
Earlier this year, a woman wrote to Highlights and complained that she was not seeing her LGBTQ family represented in Hello, a Highlights magazine for children ages 0-2. Highlights responded by saying that, “For much of our readership, the topic of same-sex families is still new [and] we believe parents know best when their family is ready [for that] conversation.” Well, that went over like a fruit cake at Christmas. Highlights received a ton of well-deserved backlash and in the end, to their credit, they listened, learned, and committed to including same-sex families in upcoming issues.
Well, One Million Moms, that brave group of ladies who protested the TV show Lucifer because it made the devil “look cool” and “irresistible to women,” is officially knicker-twisted about this. In a post on their website, 1MM says that by including LGBT families, Highlights has “caved to the left.” They argue that these families are not “normal,” and that babies and toddlers shouldn’t “be introduced to this sensitive topic.” Listen, introducing a baby to a gay couple is like introducing them to a beach ball — they don’t care. They’re babies. But what 1MM doesn’t seem to understand is that there are a whole lot of babies and toddlers out there being raised in same-sex families. According to recent estimates, there are about 6,000,000 children and adults in the United States who have an LGBT parent. (P.S. 6,000,000 > 1,000,000. Just FYI.)
And here’s a fun fact: LGBT couples are four times more likely to be raising an adopted child and six times more likely to be raising a foster child than different-sex couples. You know all those babies you don’t want aborted? Guess who’s raising them? Ha! Life is funny.
1MM is encouraging their members to call, write, and e-mail Highlights to express their outrage. “Parents are left with no other choice than to cancel their subscription,” they write. “Even if 1MM didn’t disagree morally with the decision, it is not a magazines’ job to introduce so-called ‘social issues’ to children. That is a parent’s role.” Well, if they have no choice they have no choice, I guess. Don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya. Because LGBT families are not a “social issue,” they’re families — real families with real children full of real love. If you want to hold your hate close and contribute more ugliness to this world, then that’s your right, we suppose. But you should know that you are on the losing side. You are on the wrong side of history, and no boycott or canceled subscription is going to turn the world back into that narrowly-defined space in which you feel safest.
But you don’t have to listen to us, just read some of the recent comments about this boycott on your Facebook page:
“Thanks for letting us know Highlights for Children is such a great, forward-thinking organization!”
“Great gift idea — thanks for the heads up!”
“I will definitely subscribe now! So glad they are showing what is currently reflected in our society. To love and inclusion, the best lessons we can teach our children!”
The enemy of my enemy gets all my money. Thanks, 1MM. Also, you’re nowhere near one million members strong. Last time we checked it was 87, 798.