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BBC children’s television: home of the sexual diversity fairy tale

The BBC children’s network CBBC has defended airing its first lesbian kiss because it “showed children ‘that they can be who they want to be.’” Responding to complaints that the scene in Canadian mockumentary drama The Next Step was inappropriate for younger audiences, the BBC insisted, ‘“This is an important part of our mission to make sure that every child feels like they belong, that they are safe, and that they can be who they want to be.”’