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.
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.