Pride Month: Sesame Street Introduces Gay Dads

Sesame Street has introduced its first gay family
Sesame Street has introduced its first gay family
(image via Instagram)

Sesame Street has a new family in the neighborhood.

The longtime children’s series recently introduced its first same-sex couple (other than Bert and Ernie) named Dave (Chris Costa) and Frank (Alex Weisman) along with their daughter, Mia (Olivia Perez).

The family made their first appearance in the latest episode titled, “Family Day.”

The episode was directed by Alan Muraoka, who also plays the owner of Hooper’s Store on the show.

Muraoka shared the news of the important milestone on his Instagram account writing, “Sesame Street has always been a welcoming place of diversity and inclusion. 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!”

Coca-Cola Unveils New LGBT-Inclusive Commercial for The Super Bowl

You’ve got to stop, drop and scroll down to watch this terrific new inclusive/diverse Super Bowl ad spot from Coca-Cola.

Straight, gay, lesbian, trans, older, younger, race – we get it all here.

From the voice-over:

There’s a Coke for he, and she,
and her, and me, and them.
There’s a different Coke for all of us––
Especially one for him.

No feet have wandered where you’ve walked,
No eyes saw what you’ve seen.
No one’s lived the life you live,
No head has held your dreams.

To act the same would be mundane—
what a boring thing to do!
That’s why there is just one me
and a billion unique yous.

Bravo, Coca-Cola!

(h/t Boy Culture)

New Ryan Murphy Series Will Feature Largest Trans Cast Ever In Scripted TV History



Pose, the new series for FX from TV wonder-genius Ryan Murphy, will continue his practice of breaking down barriers and celebrating diversity by featuring the largest cast of transgender actors in a scripted series ever.

Via Deadline:

The five transgender actors were cast after a six-month nationwide search led by casting director Alexa Fogel. They are MJ Rodriguez (pictured, above), Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar, and Angelica Ross. All will be playing transgender characters. Also, cast in the series are Ryan Jamaal Swain, Billy Porter and Dyllon Burnside.

Set in the 1980s, Pose looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world.

More from Reuters:

Michael Roberson and Twiggy Pucci Garcon are serving as consultants to the series on ball culture, an LGBTQ subculture rooted in 19080s nightclubs. Hector Xtravaganza, Skylar King, and Sol Williams will also serve as consultants.

Trans activist director Silas Howard will serve as a co-exec producer on the show, which will work with Ryan Murphy’s Half Initiative to bring in trans directors for mentorship opportunities.

Leiomy Maldonado and Danielle Polanco will choreograph ball scenes for the show.

“We are thrilled that POSE pushes the narrative forward by centering on the unique and under-told experiences of trans women and gay people of color,” says Canals.

The pilot of Pose will be shot in New York City in November.

TLC’s “Married By Mom And Dad” Looking To Feature LGBT Family

The TLC series “Married By Mom And Dad” (in which parents helped their son or daughter find a husband or wife) is back for Season Two, and the producers want to make the show even more diversity by featuring an LGBT family – whether that be LGBT parents helping their adult child find love, or a LGBT child asking their straight parents to help.

From TLC:

Did you ever think about using your parent’s expertise (After all, who knows you better than them?) to help you find the match of your dreams? Well TLC’s hit show “Married By Mom and Dad” is here to help!

Your parents will help you meet great potential matches, and THEY decide who is the best match for YOU! If you’ve been having trouble getting hitched by yourself, why not see if it works out with someone your parents choose instead?

If you are interested in finding out more, please submit the following to MBMDS2@gmail.com:

1. Name
2. Age
3. Location (City and State)
4. A Recent Photo of Yourself
5. A brief paragraph describing your dating troubles and why now is the time for you to get married. Also, please describe your personality and what you are up to in your life these days, including your occupation and social life.