The iconic children’s television program Sesame Street has been on air for 51 years and has always strived for diverse and inclusive representations. To celebrate Pride Month, the show will be featuring a family that has two dads for the first time ever, reports NBC News.
The episode that features this diverse family dynamic aired on Thursday, June 17 2021, and the episode was titled Family Day. The episode featured a dad named Frank, played by Alex Weisman, and a dad named Dave, played by Chris Costa, along with their daughter Mia, played by Olivia Perez, reports NBC News.
The character Frank says in the episode, “There’s all kinds of different families… But what makes us a family is that we love each other.”
According to ET Canada, the co-director of Family Day, Alan Muraoka, sent out a statement via Facebook which says, “I am so honoured 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!!!!,” said Muraoka.
According to NBC News, the decision to feature inclusive representation in the children’s program has been applauded by the likes of GLAAD President Sarah Ellis in a tweet that read, “The ‘Family Day’ episode of Sesame Street sends the simple and important message that families come in all forms and that love and acceptance are always the most important ingredients in a family.”