Feb 23, 2018

More LGBTQ Characters Coming to Kids' TV?

As advocates for LGBTQ rights continue to push their agenda, they are seeking to indoctrinate children through children's television programming.

An example is the children's television show Andi Mack.  In season 2, the show reveals that one of its main characters, a middle schooler, is gay.

The show has ranked as the top TV series for girls ages 6-14.  The average viewer is 10 years old.

Another example is a Doc McStuffins' episode that featured Portia de Rossi and Wanday Sykes as a gay couple.  Also the Nickelodeon show, The Loud House, featured two scenes with gay dads. 

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD said, "Television reflects the real life world and today that includes LGBTQ youth who deserve to see their lives depicted on their favorite shows."

At a recent children's programming conference, Ellis helped lead a session entitled "Creating LGBTQ-Inclusive Content for Kids."  She said, "more story lines featuring inclusive and diverse LGBTQ characters should be making their way onto screens - and into children's lives."

Another panelist in the session, Chris Nee, executive producer of Doc McStuffins, said, "Adult dramas and comedies are finally in 2018.  But kids' TV has been stuck in 1994 for a long time.  Maybe we've shifted a bit...and are finally in 1995."

GLAAD Media Awards has even introduced a kids and family category.   The first nominees were
Andi Mack, Disney Channel; Danger & Eggs, Amazon Studios; “The Emergency Plan,” Doc McStuffins, Disney Channel; Steven Universe, Cartoon Network; and Loud House Nickelodeon.

Ellis, the CEO of GLAAD whom we referenced earlier, wants to see the award category expand and include multiple categories like preschool, tween and teen.

Gallup data shows that 4% of the population now identifies as LGBTQ.  This includes a record-high 7.3% of people born between 1980 and 1998.  This is up from 5.8% in 2012.  There is no doubt that the "mainstreaming" and "normalization" of LGBTQ lifestyles on television has contributed to this. 

With more and more LGBTQ propaganda targeting kids, parents must be proactive and take action if they want to raise their children to have a Biblically-based, healthy view of relationships, marriage and sex.

Here are some questions parents must think through and navigate.
  • Will we allow our children to watch children's television programs that promote the LGBTQ lifestyle?  If we do, how can we have conversations during and after the show about what they are seeing?
  • How can we raise children to understand the difference between God's plan for sex and relationships and the world's view?
  • How can we teach our children to speak the truth in love? 
  • How can we help our children know the difference between accepting a lifestyle and approving a lifestyle?
  • What tools and resources can we provide for parents to help with this?
There is no doubt that media and entertainment influences children.  But the greatest influence in a child's life is his or her parents.  First and foremost, it's up to parents to shape their children's views about relationships, marriage and sex.

p.s. I would encourage you to share this article with the parents in your ministry.


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