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‘Sesame Street’ celebrates Pride month with adorable special episode introducing two gay dads

Emma Powys Maurice June 19, 2021
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Sesame Street is breaking new ground with its first same-sex couple (Facebook/Alan Muraoka)

Sesame Street is celebrating Pride month with an adorable special episode introducing its first ever same-sex couple.

The milestone episode, titled “Family Day,” debuted on HBO Max and YouTube on Thursday (17 June) and sees characters welcome their family members to the famous street.

Among them are Frank (Alex Weisman) and Dave (Chris Costa), the brother of Nina, who works as a bike store owner on the street, and their daughter, Mia.

The iconic kids’ show has discussed LGBT+ families in the past, but Yahoo reports this is first time it’s ever featured a same-sex couple (not counting Bert and Ernie, of course).

Cast member Alan Muraoka, who helped create the episode, shared his happiness on Facebook.

Sesame Street has always been a welcoming place of diversity and inclusion. So I’m so excited to introduce Nina’s brother Dave, his husband Frank, and their daughter Mia to our sunny street,” he wrote.

“I am so honoured 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!”

His post was welcomed by scores of parents who were delighted to see the beloved show changing with the times.

“Thank you for showing my boys a family like ours!” commented one. “As a mother of a gay son and a gay daughter, I approve!!!!” wrote another.

GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis congratulated Sesame Street on sending “the simple and important message that families come in all forms and that love and acceptance are always the most important ingredients in a family”.

“Frank and Dave, as Mia’s dads, are the latest characters in an undeniable trend of inclusion across kids and family programming, one that allows millions of proud LGBTQ parents, and our children, to finally get to see families like ours reflected on TV,” she tweeted.

The American country pop star Kelsea Ballerini also guest starred in the special episode. The upcoming lineup for season 51 of Sesame Street includes Hailee Steinfeld, Issa Rae, Billy Porter, Stephen and Ayesha Curry and Maggie Rogers.

 

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