People aren’t too happy with Highlights Magazine these days, mostly for their latest response as to why they don’t include same-sex families in their publication, despite being inclusive of all other family types like single parents, interracial, and multi-generational.
Kristina Wertz has a one-year-old daughter and a same-sex partner. Her daughter loves Hello Magazine, a Highlights publication for toddlers. As a mother, Wertz began to realize how important it was for her daughter to see families like her represented in books and magazines, however, Hello never seemed to be inclusive of LGBT families. So Wertz took to Facebook after her partner emailed Highlights about the lack of representation of LGBT families in their magazine and never received a response.
Kertz wrote: “Since becoming a parent, I feel keenly aware of the messages kids’ books send to tiny minds. There is a deep need for books that positively reflect back the diversity of the world around us and I hope that Highlights embraces that diversity because we would love to keep it in our little one’s life as she grows.”
Read the full Facebook post below:
Kertz finally received a response from Highlights, but one that made the Internet quite angry at Highlights. Their first mistake? Calling LGBT families a “situation”:
“We understand your wish to see your family’s situation represented in Highlights Hello.”
But it get’s worse. The response goes on to say that for many of their readership same-sex families are still “new” and parents know best about when to approach the topic of LGBT families to their children. Highlights essentially insinuated that same-sex families are a taboo topic and something that parents need to sit down to discuss with kids, as if it were a sex talk.
— Jess (@JessLif) October 16, 2016
People were definitely not happy with Highlights’ response.
“Your hesitance to show two-mom and two-dad families is so sad. It’s not about sex,” said one reader.
Another commenter called the reply “irresponsible, inappropriate and completely ignorant,” while yet another said she would “not be adding a subscription to our household based on this ‘situation.’”
Highlights has since responded to this “situation” and said that the Facebook reply to Wertz wasn’t “reflective of our values, intentions or our position, and we apologize.”
They also added in a statement: “We want to reiterate that we believe all families matter. This conversation has helped us see that we can be more reflective of all kinds of families in our publications. We are committed to doing so as we plan future issues.”
We shall see, Highlights, we shall see.