Family Pride organizes GLBT families for White House egg roll event

January 23, 2006

Washington DC — For the past five months, Family Pride has been working to organize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) families to attend the annual White House Egg Roll. According to the group, this event, attended by hundreds of families each year, is a great opportunity for LGBT families to participate in a great American tradition.

"Approximately 9 million children are being raised in LGBT-headed households. Our parents live in every corner of this country, rural and urban, red states and blue states, and we strive like every other parent in this country to give our children the best opportunities, to shower them with love, to teach them respect and a love for the rich and diverse traditions America has to offer them," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director. "By participating in this American tradition we hope to show our children a great time while introducing our families to the American public in a genuine and respectful way. I know my four-year-old twin sons are going to have a terrific time and I invite anyone with children to come to this cherished event."

Following media coverage in the Weekly Standard and other media, White House spokesperson Scott McClellan, fielded a question about Family Pride's efforts to organize LGBT families to participate and affirmed that the egg roll is in fact a family event. As the only national organization exclusively dedicated to achieving equality for LGBT parents and their children, Family Pride felt it entirely appropriate to extend the White House's invitation to all American families, including LGBT parents all across the country.

To date, more than 100 families are signed up to attend. More information about Family Pride and the egg roll can be found at www.familypride.org/eggroll.

The Family Pride Coalition is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to securing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents and their families. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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