<\body> Stories in America: A Gay Easter at the White House

Saturday, April 15, 2006

A Gay Easter at the White House

Update: Check out this account from a gay parent who stood in line this morning to get tickets to Monday's event. It'll be so nice when we have a president who truly believes in "family values" and proudly stands in solidarity with gays and their kids.

This photo was taken at last year's White House Egg Roll.

I can't wait to see how the media covers this and how Laura Bush deals with it. I also can't wait for the day when being gay is no longer a BIG DEAL:
It's a time-honored White House tradition dating to 1878 and the administration of President Rutherford B. Hayes: frolicking children and their proud parents, decked out in spring finery, celebrating the season by rolling Easter eggs on the South Lawn.

And on Friday, gay and lesbian families began staking their claim to a piece of the White House turf, traveling to the nation's capital from around the country to stand in line for tickets. About 15,000 free tickets are scheduled to be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The egg roll will be held Monday, weather permitting.

The White House Easter egg roll is a great event to "introduce gay families to the American public," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Family Pride Coalition, a non-profit group that promotes equal rights for gay families. "We want the American public to see our families participating in events which all families can participate in."

Chrisler and other organizers of large-scale gay-lesbian participation said they plan to take a low-key approach.

"We are not trying to politicize the event," she said.


At 4/15/2006 10:53 AM, Anonymous sara said...

I think I read that they color 10,000 eggs. Is that true?

At 4/15/2006 11:07 AM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

Yes...! And I doubt they're free range...

At 4/15/2006 11:38 AM, Anonymous george clooney said...


At 4/15/2006 2:12 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

Excuse me, but EASTER egg hunt? Shouldn't somebody be protesting the seperation of church and state?

At 4/15/2006 6:54 PM, Blogger storiesinamerica said...

I'm more concerned about the war on Easter.

At 4/15/2006 8:28 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

I thought that was Rose I saw walking down Market Street with a "No Spin" tote bag.

At 4/16/2006 10:53 PM, Anonymous truthseeker said...

No, it said, "I love falafels."

At 4/17/2006 8:26 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Geez, I hope this photo reminded someone else of Ralph Steadman's "Mickey Mouse" illustration. (The one from Disneyland -- If you've seen it you know what I'm talking about)


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