Earlier this month, GLAAD honored ABC Family for positively portraying LGBT characters in its annual Network Responsibility Index. “This year, ABC Family becomes the second network, cable or broadcast, to receive an ‘Excellent’ rating in this report due to the quality and diversity of its many LGBT impressions,” the group noted. “Of the 10 cable networks evaluated, ABC Family posted the largest increase (+18%) and ranked highest for LGBT-inclusive original content.”
The designation isn’t sitting well with the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins, who is lashing out at the network for accepting the honor and accusing it of “indoctrinating children”:
PERKINS: Michael Riley, ABC’s chief executive, said he was “proud” to be honored. Celebrating homosexuality, he said, is “very important to us.” That’s a serious problem, considering that ABC Family is the highest-rated network for 12 to 34-year-olds. Most parents trust the channel, which used to be owned by Disney. But it’s a different story now that the network’s going out of its way to indoctrinate kids. That won’t change until you get involved. Contact ABC. Tell them what they gain by being gay-friendly doesn’t compare with what they’ll lose. And that’s viewers.