If you’ve ever been in a pediatrician’s office, daycare center or elementary school, then you’ve probably seen a copy of the Highlights for Children magazine. It’s been around since 1946 and encourages curiosity, creativity and kindness in kids with its mix of activities, articles and images showing a diverse array of people and families.
“We strive to be diverse in every way,” Highlights Editor in Chief Christine Cully recently said:
“From time to time we show families headed up by a grandparent or single parents. We show adoptive families, blended families, multi-generational families, and multi-racial families. In the future, we will depict same-sex families in our magazines in a manner consistent to the way all diverse families are depicted. This is in support of our mission to help children become their best selves and understand that all families, including theirs, are important.”
Cully’s open commitment to LGBT families in Highlights has drawn the ire of a the American Family Association (AFA), a certified hate group that supports kidnapping children from same-sex parents. The AFA and their sister group One Million Moms (OMO) has encouraged their followers to contact Highlights and its CEO Kent Johnson to lodge complaints and threaten a boycott unless Cully and company renege on inclusivity.
Well, phooey to that! Instead, we encourage you to call Highlights (1-888-372-6433) or e-mail them to praise their inclusive approach and, if you can afford it, buy a subscription for a young person or children’s organization in your community (subscriptions start around $30).
The AFA and OMO don’t care about kids. About 2 million children and parents read Highlights in English and Spanish and these so-called “family organizations” would rather see the magazine die than have it acknowledge the reality of same-sex families. The AFA and OMO aren’t providing kids with any valuable alternatives, they’re just trying to tear down a 70-year-old publication that’s truly pro-family.
It’s especially important to show same-sex parents now that same-sex marriage has been legalized nationwide. About 16 percent of same-sex couples are raising children, and now that President Trump has appointed the most anti-LGBT cabinet ever, its more important than ever to show kids of all ages that same-sex parents and their kids deserve as much love as any other.