This picture is more depressing than a Swan Brooner marathon.
Such was the scene at the White House Easter Egg Roll, where everything got blown way out of proportion because some gay parents wanted to “bring awareness to LGBT presence” at the event. Supporters said it was important to draw visibility to gay families; detractors criticized them for turning a kids’ event into a political platform.
Blah, blah blah.
Really, it’s so sad to think about these little kids, having to deal with protestors and politicking and such, when they just want to play games and really don’t get why all the adults have their undies in a bundle. Having fun shouldn’t be this complicated when you’re still in elementary school.
If the parents want to be interviewed, great. And we’re quite fortunate these people had the guts to stand up and be noticed, on behalf of gay families everywhere, and set a precedence that everyone has the equal right to participate in whatever they want. Because yes, it is a sad fact that being a child in a gay family is a political statement all in itself, a statement that is made every time those kids leave the house and go to school, go out to play, interact with everyone they meet.
But at the end of the day–barring homophobes who might hunt them out and harrass them–those kids can still lead private lives. So it’s not fair to shove kids in front of news cameras when they don’t know what they’re getting themselves into–and cannot choose for themselves whether or not to not be in the public eye. They didn’t show up at the White house to prove a point. They’re just there, being kids, rolling eggs down the grass with a spoon. They don’t speak for you, they can barely speak for themselves.
And you don’t hold them up, in the lights on display, and put them on the news.