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UPDATE: Sesame Street, Disney+ Add Pride Month Episodes and Celebrations for Children

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UPDATED June 21, 2021: Popular children’s entertainment giants Disney and Sesame Street announced this past week that they will celebrate Pride month with children’s programming that includes a drag queen and a family with two gay fathers. (Following the precedent of recent U.S. administrations, President Biden officially proclaimed June as a month to recognize LGBTQ individuals across America. The Clinton and Obama administrations made official proclamations about Pride month while former President Trump proffered a less-formal acknowledgement by tweet in 2019, becoming the first Republican president to recognize it.)

Sesame Street

The 52-year-old iconic children’s educational television show introduced a family with two fathers during an episode titled “Family Day” on Friday June 18, 2021. The episode portrayed two gay fathers with a daughter. The producer said, “I am so honored and humbled to have co-directed this important and milestone episode. Love is love, and we are so happy to add this special family to our Sesame family. Happy Pride to all!”

During the “Family Day” episode, one of the gay dads named Frank says, “There are all kinds of different families, but what makes us a family is that we love each other.”

This isn’t the first time Sesame Street has featured LGBTQ themes and guests. Last year Satan Shoes-collaborator Lil Nas X appeared as a musical guest on the show. Ellen DeGeneres, Billy Eichner, and Billy Porter have also appeared on the iconic children’s show.

More Disney…

Disney+ announced it will throw a #DisneyPlusPride party by hosting a special event titled “This Is Me: Pride Celebration Spectacular” that will air on June 27, 2021, on Facebook and YouTube featuring the drag queen from the Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues LGBTQ song and parade, Nina West.

Muppets star Kermit the Frog will join the event, which aims to bring awareness to GLSEN, a non-profit organization founded by a group of teachers working to create bully-free school environments for LGBTQ students.

In response, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Ethics and Public Theology professor Andrew T. Walker posted on Twitter: “Disney is in the business of catechizing your children.”


ChurchLeaders original article written on June 3, 2021, below:

President Joe Biden declared on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, that the month of June would be recognized as Pride Month. The tradition was halted during former President Trump’s administration, and observed during all of former President Obama’s presidency.

President Biden’s proclamation said, “Pride is both a jubilant communal celebration of visibility and a personal celebration of self-worth and dignity. This Pride Month, we recognize the valuable contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals across America, and we reaffirm our commitment to standing in solidarity with LGBTQ+ Americans in their ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice.”

“This Pride Month, we affirm our obligation to uphold the dignity of all people, and dedicate ourselves to protecting the most vulnerable among us,” President Biden said.

Last month, President Biden reversed the Trump administration’s decision to not fly the Pride flag at U.S. Embassies, allowing diplomats to make the decision to fly it or not.

The History of Pride Month

June has been dubbed Pride Month, when the LGBTQ community remembers those who were involved in the Stonewall Riots (also known as the Stonewall Uprising), which took place June 28, 1969. The riots were a series of demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ community after police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in New York City. The riots took place for six days, resulting in violent clashes between demonstrators and law enforcement. A year after the riots, thousands of marchers took to the streets of Manhattan starting at the Stonewall Inn and ending at Central Park. This would be considered America’s first gay pride parade.

President Barack Obama declared Stonewall Inn, along with nearby streets and sidewalks, a National Monument in 2016, recognizing the area’s gay rights symbolic nature.

Pride Day is celebrated by many LGBTQ communities on June 28th, which is the same day in 1970 where the first gay pride parade took place. National Today, a website dedicated to “special holidays and moments from around the world” tells Pride participants to “don the colors of the rainbow, get glitter out, and be true to yourself during Pride Month every June.”

Children’s Entertainment and Toys Display Pride

Lego Toys

Lego toys launched an ‘Everyone Is Awesome’ set that celebrates diversity. The 346-piece model displays the rainbow flag and includes 11 monochrome mini-figures, each with an individual hairstyle and rainbow color. “I wanted to create a model that symbolizes inclusivity and celebrates everyone, no matter how they identify or who they love,” said Lego designer Matthew Ashton. He continued, “Everyone is unique, and with a little more love, acceptance and understanding in the world, we can all feel more free to be our true AWESOME selves! This model shows that we care, and that we truly believe ‘Everyone is awesome!’ ”

Blue’s Clues Series

Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues kids’ series released a music video that features a drag queen singing along with other animals who appear to be from all descriptions of the LGBTQ community while marching in a parade.

The description on their YouTube page reads, “It’s the Blue’s Clue’s And You Pride Parade and we need you to sing-along as the ‘Families Go Marching’ proudly!”

Rugrats Series

Nickelodeon announced the reboot of their popular Rugrats cartoon, which will now include a favorite character as openly gay. The cartoon mom has twins voiced by ‘Parks and Rec’s’ queer actor Natalie Morales. Morales said in an interview with The A.V. Club, “Cartoons were hugely influential for me as a kid, and if I’d been watching Rugrats and seen Betty casually talking about her ex-girlfriend, I think at least a part of me would have felt like things might be okay in the future.”

Disney

Disney has released products celebrating the June Pride month. Products include apparel from some of their iconic brands, including Mickey, Star Wars, and Pixar.

Disney recently announced the reboot of the favorite kids show ‘Proud Family‘ which will air on Disney+. The reboot will feature an interracial gay dad couple who have a daughter. The gay couple will be voiced by outspoken LGBTQ actors Zachary Quinto and Billy Porter.

Marvel

Marvel announced that their newest Captain America is openly gay. ‘The United States of Captain America’ will be first LGBTQ-identifying character in the 80-year history of the franchise. The character will be known as “Captain America of the Railways” who is known for protecting runaways and homeless youth.

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