Published: 14:56 EDT, 20 June 2021 | Updated: 15:45 EDT, 20 June 2021
There’s a new family moving to Sesame Street, and they continue to break boundaries by welcoming the beloved children show’s first gay family during Pride Month.
The decades-long running show’s recent ‘Family Day’ episode, which premiered Thursday on HBO Max and YouTube, features a family with two gay dads.
‘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,’ one of the beloved show’s actor Alan Muraoka, who co-directed the episode, wrote in a Facebook post.
‘Love is love, and we are so happy to add this special family to our Sesame family.’
‘I’m so excited to introduce Nina’s Brother Dave, his husband Frank, and their daughter Mia to our sunny street,’ the episode’s co-director Alan Muraoka wrote in a Facebook post
The long-running and beloved children’s show introduced a family with two gay dads on Thursday’s episode titled ‘Family Day’ during Pride Month
The show has a long history of diverse characters over the years, having welcomed Linda the Librarian, a deaf character, in 1972, a bilingual Mexican character named Rosita in 2001, and Tarah, a disabled character in 1993 among many others, according to the History Channel.
In the past, Sesame Street has even addressed issues as drug addiction and AIDS.
Earlier this year, Sesame Street introduced two African-American muppets who explained racial differences to its young audience, CNN reported in March, amidst growing racial tension throughout the country.
In Thursday’s historic episode, the character Nina welcomes her brother, his husband and their daughter to the Sesame Street cast as they celebrate Family Day.
Alex Weisman and Chris Costa play the roles of the two fathers, Frank and Dave, while Olivia Perez plays their daughter Mia.
The show has a long history of diversity and inclusion, having welcomed a deaf character, a bilingual Mexican character and a disabled character over the years
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation applauded the episode and its message on Twitter shortly after it aired.
‘The ‘Family Day’ episode of Sesame Street sends 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,’ GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis tweeted in response to Thursday’s episode.
Sesame Street first aired back in 1969 and has been a childhood staple for generations of kids.
LGBTQ Pride Month occurs every June in the United States to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred in June 1969.
The Stonewall riots were a series of protests and demonstrations from the gay community in response to a police raid of the gay bar the Stonewall Inn by the NYPD.