Disney's popular tween series Andi Mack is introducing a homosexual storyline that is desinged "to influence the youth of today to accept and to be a part of the destructive LGBT lifestyle," said Rev. Franklin Graham, who added that parents should consider blocking the Disney channel.
In the show, which targets children ages 6 to 14, the character "Cyrus Goodman," age 13, develops a crush on another boy in the first episode of the second series that was aired on Oct. 27. This storyline promotes same-sex attraction and is designed to teach kids how to deal with the hugely controversial topic.
"Disney used to be the brand that parents could trust," said Rev. Graham in a Nov. 4 post on Facebook. "They were kind of like the ‘gold seal’ of family programming."
"But those days are long gone," he said.
"Disney is in the LGBTQ camp, and they’re wanting to use so-called family-friendly programs to influence the youth of today to accept and to be a part of the destructive LGBT lifestyle," said the evangelical leader.
"They’re introducing a gay storyline in one of their most popular programs, 'Andi Mack,' targeting 6-14 year-olds," said the reverend. "Parents BEWARE. You can control this in your home."
"You might want to consider blocking their channel," said Rev. Graham. "Let Disney know why you are upset, but also take action that will get your message across."
The pro-sodomy group GLAAD praised Disney for its action. GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis told the liberal Huffington Post, "With more and more young people coming out as LGBTQ, 'Andi Mack' is reflecting the lives and lived experiences of so many LGBTQ youth around the country."
"Disney has been a leader in LGBTQ inclusion and there are so many young people who will be excited to see Cyrus' story unfold," said Ellis.
According to the Centers fo Disease Control (CDC), "sexually active gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are at a greater risk" of getting a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) than other people. "In addition to having higher rates of syphilis, more than half of all new HIV infections occur among MSM.... Certain beahaviors -- such as not using condoms regularly and having anal sex -- increase STD risk."
As for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, the CDC states that 70% of all new infections each year occur in men who have sex with men, which is 44 times greater than the infection rate among non-MSM. Also, HIV "disproportionately affects young men who have sex with men (YMSM)," according to the CDC.
"In 2011, among adolescent males aged 13-19 years, approximately 93% of all diagnosed HIV infections were from male-to-male-sexual contact," reported the CDC.