“Sesame Street” celebrated Pride Month by introducing its first gay married couple to the famous children’s show.
For the first time in its 51-year history, the show’s episode “Family Day” featured two married fathers — Frank, portrayed by Alex Weisman, and Dave, portrayed by Chris Costa — and their daughter, Mia, played by Olivia Perez, attending a party that includes Big Bird and Elmo. “There’s all kinds of different families,” Frank says. “But what makes us a family is that we love each other.”
Alan Muraoka, who plays Alan on Sesame Street and co-directed the episode, took to Facebook to promote the episode. “Sesame Street has always been a welcoming place of diversity and inclusion,” he wrote. “So I’m so excited to introduce Nina’s Brother Dave, his husband Frank, and their daughter Mia to our sunny street.”
Added Muraoka: “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!!!!”
Sesame Street has a history of having a diverse cast. In March, the series introduced two Black Muppets, Elijah and his son Wesley, to address race with children. This was following a town hall to help teach children about racism.
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