As part of the BBC’s contribution to “LGBT history month” the singer Will Young is to read a story about same-sex parents on the CBeebies channel show Bedtime Stories. “Two Dads”, Mr Young told The Telegraph, is “the tale of a boy who has been adopted and finds himself happily raised by two fathers.”

He continued: “Children’s books are one of the first ways we learn about the world around us so I’m overjoyed to be reading a story to mark LGBT History Month. More so than ever, families in all forms should be recognised and celebrated – whether that’s two dads, two mums, families with a mum and a dad, those with a single parent, adoptive families and so on. I’ve never been more sure that inclusivity starts from the youngest possible age.” (“Will Young to read same-sex parents story on CBeebies,” Telegraph, February 2, 2019).

Two Dads was written by Carolyn Robertson — also author of Two Mums and a Menagerie — who is raising two adopted boys with her female partner, and is described as “a keen advocate of the rights and needs of adopted children and children within LGBT families.” 

Apparently, neither she nor the book’s illustrator Sophie Humphries were raised by “two dads”, Neither was Will Young, born into an affluent middle-class family, the offspring of a man and a woman, but despite that “sure” that same-sex parenting should be celebrated.

This is certainly the impression given by various studies into this new social arrangement; however, many were distorted by the self-serving statements of (statistically very small) volunteer cohorts of same-sex parents. These contrast starkly with the findings of dispassionate studies, which show manifold negative outcomes for children – although inevitably they are attacked by sexual diversity campaigners as “bigoted”. 

Will Young has taken aim at the Top Gear motoring series, now on Amazon, for the “homophobic remarks” of its presenters, which seem to centre on their negative stereotyping of various vehicles. Even so, if Mr Young feels offended by such stereotypes, he should try re-educating the adults concerned. However, it is much easier to indoctrinate children to think that same-sex parenting represents just another kind of family.

It is clear from his own remarks and those of the book’s author that their highest priority is not child welfare but shaping future attitudes to people like themselves — defined by their sexual activities and free from criticism as a protected species under equality laws.

The BBC, which next year is to raise the compulsory licence fee to £154.50, is happy to indoctrinate our children and grandchildren with the fashionable mantras of sexual diversity while picking our pockets. “Give us your money and we’ll tell you what to think,” is their message.

“Two Dads” deals with same-sex adoption. The surrogacy business is, naturally, considered too complicated for under-fives – better leave that subject until they are at least seven. As to the mechanics of gay sex, and how such couplings are supposed to produce babies, that would be better deferred until the age of nine, when it will give a whole new meaning to “bedtime stories”.

Given the fiction that same-sex parenting is just as good as the traditional kind, the only way it can have a happy ending is in a modern-day fairy tale.

Ann Farmer lives in the UK. She is the author of By Their Fruits: Eugenics, Population Control, and the Abortion Campaign (CUAP, 2008); The Language of Life: Christians Facing the Abortion Challenge (St Pauls, 1995), and Prophets & Priests: the Hidden Face of the Birth Control Movement (St Austin Press, 2002).

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Ann Farmer lives in the UK. She is the author of By Their Fruits: Eugenics, Population Control, and the Abortion Campaign (CUAP, 2008); The Language of Life: Christians Facing the Abortion Challenge (St...