The generations-old kid’s magazine Highlights for Children – which caters to an audience as young as pre-toddlers – is bending to a homosexual activist’s complaint so that it now includes coverage of same-sex families.
A concerned parent’s dialogue with Highlights divulged that homosexuals will now be portrayed as “family,” according to American Conservative Columnist Rod Dreher – an orthodox Christian.
Appeasing homosexuals, endangering kids
Wishing to remain anonymous, Dreher’s source informed the editors of Highlights – which publishes Hello for 0–2-year-olds, High Five for 2–6-year-olds and Highlights for kids 6–12 years of age.
In response, Highlights Editor-in-Chief Christine Cully attempted to justify the magazine’s position of catering to the LGBT community.
"Our target audience is kids under the age of 12, most under the age of 8 or 9," Cully notified the concerned parent. “[Stories in the kids’ magazine] strive to be diverse in every way [by] show[ing] blended families, multi-generational families, and multiracial families."
Following up her excuse, Cully informed the parent that Highlights is committed to portraying homosexuality in a positive light.
“In the future, we will depict same-sex families in our magazines … in support of our mission to help children become their best selves and understand that all families, including theirs, are important," the lead editor of the kids’ magazine added.
Caving to the pressure
Highlights’ LGBT-friendly stance was shaped after taking into consideration a series of complaints by the same partners.
“This commitment to promoting homosexuality to pre-adolescents began when a lesbian complained on Highlights’ Facebook page that there weren't any two-mom or two-dad families in the children's magazine,” LifeSiteNews reports.
Writing to Highlights after her lesbian partner initially complained on Facebook, Kristina Wertz insisted that its publication for newborns through toddlers did not cover homosexual parents and their adopted children.
"One of the reasons we appreciate Hello is the diversity represented,” Wertz explained to the editors. “We are consistently disappointed, however, in the complete lack of same-sex parent representation.”
It was discovered that Wertz is a career homosexual activist.
“Wertz worked for the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco for five years, leaving in December 2012 for ‘Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ in New York City as director of engagement,” LifeSiteNews’ Mark Hodges reported. “She ‘married’ her lesbian partner, elementary school nurse Kara Desiderio, in 2014.”
Wertz’s complaint was initially met by Highlights editors with a response defending its prior longstanding philosophy of letting parents discuss the issue of homosexuality with kids on their own.
“[We want] to give parents the right to introduce the topic [of homosexuality] on their own terms," the Highlights editors replied. “We understand your wish to see your family's situation represented in Highlights' Hello [note: the magazine for 0-2 year-olds]. For much of our readership, the topic of same-sex families is still new, and parents are still learning how to approach the subject with their children – even the very little ones. … We believe that parents know best when their family is ready to open conversation around the topic of same-sex families."
Not good enough
Homosexual activist blasted the children’s publication for allowing parental discretion when it comes to LGBT topics and not forcing LGBT dogma.
"This is the most conservative and inappropriate response,” the self-identified “Queer” Fiona Barnet began her social media rant against Hightlights. “Parents know best when to raise the concept that there are lots of types of families?! We aren't an illegal drug. Queer families are families. Get with 2016, Highlights."
Another lesbian subscriber, Nora Landon, posted a threat to stop subscribing to the magazine unless it promoted the LGBT worldview to its youth.
"If parents 'know best,' and seeing same-sex families in Highlights would be traumatic, then those parents best stay out of our country's malls, parks, restaurants and movie theaters, because we are everywhere," Landon insisted.
You win …
Highlights editors replied the very next day on October 15 by defending their publication’s history to homosexual activists – before giving them LGBT-friendly assurances.
"Highlights has a long history of inclusion, and we are always evolving as a company,” the editors insisted. “We couldn't agree more that diversity should be celebrated, and we strive to do that. Our mission is to help children become their best selves, and you're right, a big part of that is showing them that families are families no matter what they look like. It has always been a discussion of 'how' and 'when' – not 'if' – Highlights would feature an LGBTQ family in our magazines. We're having many discussions internally and thinking deeply, thanks to your messages."
This assurance of future coverage that features positive stories on homosexual families was simply not enough for the activists, who pressed on – much like LGBT activists did when pushing past civil unions for same-sex “marriage” or bust.
Tara Pfeifer, who adopted a child with her lesbian partner, put more pressure on Highlights by threatening to end her subscription if “gay” articles were not featured in the immediate future.
"As one mom in a two-mom family, I am extremely disappointed that you are not inclusive and welcoming of families with same-sex parents,” the lesbian mom wrote. “You just lost a family of readers."
Caving in to the pressure, Cully responded with an official new promise to its LGBT readership.
"[We vow to] depict same-sex families in our magazines," Cully assured.