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U.S. senators claim kids need to be ‘protected’ from LGBTQ TV shows

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Five U.S. senators, all Republican, have sent a letter to the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board saying that children need to be “protected” from LGBTQ characters on television.

U.S. Sens. Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and (R-N.D.) signed a letter to Charles Rivkin, the board’s chairman, this week. Only Lee is up for re-election this year.

In the letter, the senators claimed that LGBTQ characters, especially in those in children’s shows, were detrimental to children. They pointed to a recent interview with a Disney executive who said she supported having LGBTQ characters in shows.

“To the detriment of children, gender dysphoria has become sensationalized in the popular media and television with radical activists and entertainment companies,” the letter stated. “This radical and sexual sensation not only harms children, but also destabilizes and damages parental rights.”

The senators said they find Disney’s opposition to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, which would bar teachers from any discussion of LGBTQ in classrooms. In a press release, Marshall said the company had a “campaign to embed left-wing sexual politics in its childrens’ programming.”

The senators are calling for the TV Parental Guidelines Monitoring Board to update its guidelines to establish LGBTQ topics along the same lines as sexually related, and violent materials “to ensure it is applied without ideological bias.”

They’ve asked the board to respond by May 19.

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