• 'Parents' magazine have been praised and criticised for featuring same-sex dads on their magazine cover. (Instagram)
"Thank you for representing families like my own."
By
Samuel Leighton-Dore

21 Jan 2019 - 10:58 AM  UPDATED 21 Jan 2019 - 10:58 AM

Long-running parenting magazine Parents has featured fitness guru Shaun T. and his husband Scott Blokker, along with their one-year-old twins, on its February cover.

It's believed to be the first time a gay couple has appeared on the magazine's cover in its 92-year history. 

“I’ve received two great pieces of advice," Shaun T, who is known for his at-home workout videos, reveals in the accompanying interview.

"Scott's dad told me, ‘You’re not coming into the babies’ world. They’re coming into yours,’ and that made me eager to show them the life we live."

He continued: "The second was from my grandfather, who was married to my grandmother for 56 years. He said, ‘Never go to bed angry,’ and we don’t. The connectedness you feel at the end of the day is the driving force for how you wake up the next day, so every night we fall asleep holding hands.”

While many took to social media to praise the publication for becoming more inclusive, conservative religious organisation One Million Moms criticised the move in typically dramatic fashion.

"Parents is using its magazine as a platform to promote the pro-homosexual lifestyle,” the group wrote.

“Even if families do not personally subscribe to the publication, they should be warned that it could be displayed in waiting rooms of dentist and doctor offices, where children could easily be subjected to the glorification of same-sex parents.”

The group continued: “Many families subscribe to Parents and should be aware of the upcoming change of content in this magazine. After all, most conservative and Christian families will disagree morally with the magazine’s decision, and subsequently, will not want to support its content.”

Still, plenty of readers seemed happy with the choice of cover.

"I love love love this!!!" One social media user wrote. "Thank you for representing families like my own."

Another wrote: "An interracial same-sex couple on the cover of your magazine. Bravo for embracing inclusion by representing the diversity of family types."

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