Gay Easter!!! (Gay means happy)
April 8, 2009 § 2 Comments
Families say the gesture shows that the new Democratic administration values them as equal to other families. And for many, being included in the annual tradition — dating to 1878 — renews hope that they will have more support in their quest for equal rights in matters such as marriage and adoption than under the previous administration.
White House officials said that tickets for Monday’s Easter Egg Roll event were distributed to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organizations, but did not specify how many or to which ones. Representatives from Family Equality Council, Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and other groups confirmed they were invited and encouraged to have their members participate.
"The Obama administration actually reached out to us as an organization, and said we want gay families there, and they are an important part of the American family fabric," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Boston-based Family Equality Council.
BUT WAIT BUSH DID THIS TOO…
It’s not the first time gay and lesbian-headed families will participate.
In 2006 during the Bush administration, more than 100 gay parents attended the egg roll in part to make the statement that they should be welcome. Some conservatives accused gays and lesbians of trying to "crash" the event and turn it into forum for ideological politicking.
This year already feels different, said Colleen Gillespie of Brooklyn, who helped spark the 2006 effort.
"We feel so welcomed and embraced, and that in a very real way, I think we can just go as a family and enjoy it," said the 42-year-old assistant professor at New York University’s school of medicine, who is attending with her wife and their daughters, Ella and Zelda. "We don’t have to fight for our right to exist and be treated fairly."
Leah McElrath Renna, managing partner at a D.C. communications firm, agreed. She attended the event in 2006 and 2007 with her partner, Cathy McElrath Renna, and their now 3-year-old daughter, Rosemary.
"Under Bush, it felt a bit like we were crashing our own party. But this year it feels like we’re equally honored guests," Leah McElrath Renna, 44, said. "It’s more celebratory."
OH THAT’S RIGHT IF BUSH DID IT, IT WAS ONLY FOR FOWL AND EVIL REASONS BECAUSE DON’T FORGET KIDS…(whispering) Bush is satan…VOTE OBAMA
I can’t wait for Easter because it is a celebration about acceptance and political manuvering…just a sec huh…oh it’s not about that…what?!?…resurection of our Lord and Savior???…NOOOO that can’t be it…
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Still searching for my own special way to be…special,
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