Gay Families Participate in White House Easter Egg Roll
About a hundred LGBT families took part in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday. This is the fourth year a large gay contingent has attended the event, but the first year they were specifically invited by the White House.
Gay media relations consultant Cathy Renna went, with her partner and their three and a half year-old daughter. She said for the first time, it didn’t feel like the gays were crashing the party.
Renna: “At the end of the day, this is our house. No matter who’s living there, no matter what the politics are, no matter what the party is, that’s our house. The difference in feeling invited and feeling welcomed – made a tremendous difference for our families.”
Renna said the crowd was the most culturally diverse she’d ever seen at the White House Egg Roll. She said it was good that so many families of varying backgrounds got to meet gay families.
Renna: “The main thing that I feel is really important is showing up, and not being some construct of the Religious Right. Because they talk about ‘this is what happens, they’re going to talk about gay marriage, and it’s not good for kids to have two moms or two dads’ and it’s very different for someone when they actually meet us and see us.”
The event was attended by the entire first family, as well as Joe and Jill Biden. Just after kicking off the event, President Obama read “Where the Wild Things Are” — by legendary gay children’s author Maurice Sendak — to a group of children.