On August 5, Doc McStuffins, a popular Disney Junior cartoon aimed at preschoolers, released an episode titled "The Emergency Plan" that features two lesbian mothers.
The episode shows a family of dolls, consisting of two lesbian mothers and two children, separated by an earthquake. The ordeal ends with the children and the two moms reuniting and hugging.
In 2016, Doc McStuffins was reportedly Disney Junior's number one series telecast for children ages two to eight.
The show's creator, Chris Nee, is an open lesbian who acknowledges the politicization of the children's cartoon. Life Site reports:
In a 2012 interview with AfterEllen.com, Nee explained that she's "definitely" thinking of ways to make Doc McStuffins more pro-gay.
"My son [Theo] has two moms and it's a huge part of my life as a human being and it's been an incredible part of the way that I see the world and the way I see characters and the way I want to create characters who are incredibly accepting of each other and whatever is happening in their life," she said.
"I've never been anything but accepted in the world of writing kids' TV, but I was surprised that Disney has been so beyond willing and excited to sort of publicize this part of my life and this part of who I am," she said. "That’s progress!"
The two actresses lending their voices to the gay mothers in the show, Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi, are also open lesbians.
"With this episode, they see a family that looks like our family," stated Sykes. "We're two moms, and a boy and a girl, two kids. It’s going to be very exciting for them to see that, our family represented."
While LGBT activists have praised the gay messaging, pro-family groups and some parents have condemned the "propaganda." A Change.org petition calling for a boycott of Disney Junior over the episode has collected over 4,000 signatures thus far.
"It is time to push back and demand that Disney stop introducing and promoting harmful content to our children!" urges the petition.
"Send a strong message to Disney that children’s entertainment is no place to promote a harmful sexual political agenda," it says.