User Tag List

12311 Last

Results 1 to 10 of 112

  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    MBTI
    INxJ
    Posts
    3,917

    Default White House Invites Gay Families to Easter Event

    WASHINGTON (AP) The White House is allocating tickets for the upcoming Easter Egg Roll to gay and lesbian parents as part of the Obama administration's outreach to diverse communities.

    Families say the gesture shows that the new Democratic administration values them as equal to other families. And for many, being included in the annual tradition dating to 1878 renews hope that they will have more support in their quest for equal rights in matters such as marriage and adoption than under the previous administration.

    On Tuesday, gays and lesbians gained another victory when Vermont joined Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa in giving gay couples the right to marry. In the District of Columbia, the council voted to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.

    White House officials said that tickets for Monday's Easter Egg Roll event were distributed to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organizations, but did not specify how many or to which ones. Representatives from Family Equality Council, Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and other groups confirmed they were invited and encouraged to have their members participate.

    "The Obama administration actually reached out to us as an organization, and said we want gay families there, and they are an important part of the American family fabric," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Boston-based Family Equality Council, which is helping spearhead the effort to organize families to attend.

    Chrisler said Tuesday she expects more than 100 gay and lesbian-headed families to take part in the egg roll.

    Overall, officials are gearing up for a bigger turnout than ever before, with families arriving from 45 states and the District of Columbia, said Semonti Mustaphi, deputy press secretary to Mrs. Obama. The majority of egg roll tickets were offered to the public online.

    Alan Bernstein, a single gay father, is flying to Washington from West Hollywood, Calif., with his 5-year-old son Issac to participate. His 3-year-old twin daughters will stay with their grandparents. It will be Bernstein and his son's first time at the egg roll.

    "I don't think to a 5-year-old it's that extraordinary, but to me it is," said the 43-year-old planning commissioner, calling the invitation an honor.

    It's not the first time gay and lesbian-headed families will participate.

    In 2006 during the Bush administration, more than 100 gay parents attended the egg roll in part to make the statement that they should be welcome. Some conservatives accused gays and lesbians of trying to "crash" the event and turn it into forum for ideological politicking.

    This year already feels different, said Colleen Gillespie of Brooklyn, who helped spark the 2006 effort.

    "We feel so welcomed and embraced, and that in a very real way, I think we can just go as a family and enjoy it," said the 42-year-old assistant professor at New York University's school of medicine, who is attending with her wife and their daughters, Ella and Zelda. "We don't have to fight for our right to exist and be treated fairly."

    Leah McElrath Renna, managing partner at a D.C. communications firm, agreed. She attended the event in 2006 and 2007 with her partner, Cathy McElrath Renna, and their now 3-year-old daughter, Rosemary.

    "Under Bush, it felt a bit like we were crashing our own party. But this year it feels like we're equally honored guests," Leah McElrath Renna, 44, said. "It's more celebratory."

    Rosemary is particularly excited to see the Easter bunny again and already has planned her outfit: A yellow polka-dotted dress and a new straw hat with a pink band.

    "I'm looking forward to seeing the joy on my daughter's face when she sees the Easter bunny," she said. "And seeing the White House in the background and knowing that America and the future that she lives in will be a more perfect place than it is now."

    The Associated Press: White House invites gay families to Easter event


  2. #2
    Striving for balance Little Linguist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    MBTI
    xNFP
    Posts
    6,885

    Default

    Are you trying to stir the conservatives, eh?
    If you are interested in language, words, linguistics, or foreign languages, check out my blog and read, post, and/or share.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    MBTI
    INxJ
    Posts
    3,917

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Little Linguist View Post
    Are you trying to stir the conservatives, eh?
    lol No. I am not in control of anyone else's reactions. Nor would I ever pretend to be. I don't have that sort of power.

    It just goes along with "firsts", that Obama is implementing.

  4. #4
    unscannable Tigerlily's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    MBTI
    TIGR
    Enneagram
    3w4
    Socionics
    EII None
    Posts
    5,936

    Default

    awesome!
    Time is a delicate mistress.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Jeremy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    MBTI
    INFP
    Enneagram
    9w1
    Posts
    426

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Little Linguist View Post
    Are you trying to stir the conservatives, eh?
    If this bugs the conservatives, they need to get over themselves.
    "Can you set me free from this dark inner world? Save me now, last beats in the soul.."

    Fonewearl and proud of it!

    I (85%) - N (80%) - F (35%) - P (90%)
    O: 94% C: 18% E: 21% A: 94% N: 38%
    9w1 (SP, SX, SO)
    (9, 5, 4)
    RCUAI (Primary Calm)

  6. #6
    Order Now! pure_mercury's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    MBTI
    ESFJ
    Posts
    6,946

    Default

    Ever heard the saying, "You turned an Easter egg hunt into a buttfuck-athon?" That is the first thing that popped into my head when reading the headline. Good for Obama, though. No reason children of gay parents shouldn't be included.
    Who wants to try a bottle of merc's "Extroversion Olive Oil?"

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    MBTI
    INxJ
    Posts
    3,917

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    Ever heard the saying, "You turned an Easter egg hunt into a buttfuck-athon?"
    Never. Did you just make that up?

  8. #8
    Order Now! pure_mercury's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    MBTI
    ESFJ
    Posts
    6,946

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by 01011010 View Post
    Never. Did you just make that up?

    No, I didn't. Sean "Puffy" Combs actually says that in the movie Made. The visual is pretty hilarious.
    Who wants to try a bottle of merc's "Extroversion Olive Oil?"

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    MBTI
    INxJ
    Posts
    3,917

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    No, I didn't. Sean "Puffy" Combs actually says that in the movie Made. The visual is pretty hilarious.
    lol Puff Daddy, P-Diddy? The guy with a constant identity crisis. That explains everything.

  10. #10
    Sniffles
    Guest

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
    If this bugs the conservatives, they need to get over themselves.
    Do you even know what Easter is actually about?

Similar Threads

  1. What Hogwarts House do you belong to?
    By Eugene Watson VIII in forum Online Personality Tests
    Replies: 74
    Last Post: 03-15-2017, 01:16 PM
  2. gay mosque to open in paris
    By jcloudz in forum Politics, History, and Current Events
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 11-29-2012, 10:10 PM
  3. 92-year-old shoots neighbor's house after he refuses to kiss her
    By Sniffles in forum Politics, History, and Current Events
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 03-24-2011, 05:28 PM
  4. Obama Passover Seder: First Ever Held At White House
    By 01011010 in forum Politics, History, and Current Events
    Replies: 38
    Last Post: 04-08-2009, 07:06 PM
  5. Limit families to two children?
    By heart in forum Politics, History, and Current Events
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: 07-16-2007, 11:01 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO