Same-sex family from BBC documentary is accused of ‘homosexual propaganda’

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Jillian Stewart explores her own relationship with her mothers after she came out as well as the broader topic of parents coming out later in life in the BBC Newsbeat documentary, My Lesbian Mums. As the documentary aired the young woman faced mass online abuse for ‘promoting homosexuality’. Stewart explained: “We’ve been told on YouTube that we’re promoting homosexual propaganda.” Jillian reported the trolls as she read some abusive comments in Twitter. The terms and conditions of Twitter state: “You understand that by using the Services, you may be exposed to Content that might be offensive, harmful, inaccurate or otherwise inappropriate, or in some cases, postings that have been mislabelled or are otherwise deceptive.” Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions said that Twitter is a “new platform” for abuse. “Whether shouted in their face on the street, daubed on their wall or tweeted into their living room, the impact of hateful abuse on a victim can be equally devastating,” she said, “We’ve even had people say they’re confident in telling their children that they’re gay.”

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