Will Young is set to read a children’s story about same-sex parents on the BBC’s children’s channel, CBeebies.
The singer and LGBTI activist will read Two Dads, a story about a boy who is adopted by two fathers.
‘Children’s books are one of the first ways we learn about the world around us so I’m overjoyed to be reading a story to mark LGBT History Month,’ Young said.
‘More so than ever, families in all forms should be recognized and celebrated – whether that’s two dads, two mums, families with a mum and a dad, those with a single parent, adoptive families and so on.’
‘Inclusivity starts from the youngest possible age’
Young spoke about the importance of raising children with a proper understanding of
‘I’ve never been more sure that inclusivity starts from the youngest possible age. I hope these stories will be used for years to come,’ he said.
Two dads is written by Carolyn Robertson and illustrated by Sophie Humphreys, and Young will read the story on CBeebies on 9 February.
Recently, the BBC has been featuring more LGBTI stories on the children’s show.
Last year, JB Gill read Families, Families, Families, a book about diverse families, and Sharon D Clarke will soon read All Kinds Of Families, another book about same-sex parents.
Hitting back at homophobia
Young recently made headlines for voicing his anger over homophobic remarks made by TV host Jeremy Clarkson on the Amazon Studios show, The Grand Tour.
Clarkson joked that a 4×4 Jeep Wrangler was a’gay’ vehicle, and is an ‘LGB-Jeep’.
He also mocked the initialism LGBT, asking: ‘What is it? Lesbian, bacon, transgender…?’
In response, Young tweeted: ‘Gay men. I DON’T drive a Wrangler Jeep.’
He added: ‘You can be honest and funny without this ridiculous “lad” ooh being gay and let’s laugh about it mentality.
‘It’s repulsive and how DARE you do it and put it out [Amazon Prime].’
He also threatened to report the show to Britain’s media regulator, Ofcom.
Young also been advocating for LGBTI rights on his podcast Homo Sapiens, which is in its third season.