LGBT families to attend White House egg roll

By |2006-04-13T09:00:00-04:00April 13th, 2006|News|

WASHINGTON – On Monday, April 17, colored Easter eggs won’t be the only rainbow on the White House lawn during the annual Egg Roll.
Thanks to the initiative of Family Pride and organizations ranging from Michigan’s Triangle Foundation to the national Metropolitan Community Church, PFLAG and National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, over 250 LGBT-headed families with over 400 children will be out on the lawn as well.
Event organizers have stressed that they are not attempting to turn the annual children’s event into a political circus.
According to the Family Pride web site, “This is a celebration of our families. We want to give our fellow citizens the opportunity to see us as real families, participating in a great American tradition on the White House lawn, rather than protesting from the sidelines.”
“We are proud to be partnering with Family Pride and dozens of other LGBT organizations to help organize LGBT families to attend this year’s White House Egg Roll to show President Bush and the whole world our wonderful and beautiful families,” said Shannon Cuttle, family organizer for Triangle.
LGBT family organizers plan to be at the White House at 8 p.m. on April 14 to stand in line for tickets to the Egg Roll, which will be distributed on April 15. During the event, LGBT families will wear rainbow-colored leis.
Despite grumbling among right-wing religious extremists that the LGBT families will be “crashing” the event, First Lady Laura Bush, who oversees the event, has said that it will remain open to all comers.
In her April 3 Detroit News column, Deb Price quoted a spokesperson for the First Lady as saying, “all families are welcome to attend.”
For more information or to help out, visit http://www.familypride.org or http://www.tri.org or call Shannon Cuttle at 313-537-3323.

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