Watch: 'Sesame Street' Introduces Gay Dads with a Daughter

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Sunday June 20, 2021
Originally published on June 18, 2021

"Sesame Street" has made another big step for LGBTQ representation in its characters by introducing two gay dads and their daughter, reported Yahoo.

In an episode titled "Family Day," gay dads Frank (Alex Weisman), Dave (Chris Costa) and daughter Mia (Olivia Perez), help Big Bird realize that families come in all shapes and sizes.

The family makes an impact by being represented, explained GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis to Yahoo Entertainment.

"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," said Ellis, Yahoo reports. "Frank and Dave, as Mia's dads, are the latest characters in an undeniable trend of inclusion across kids & family programming, one that allows millions of proud LGBTQ parents, and our children, to finally get to see families like ours reflected on TV."

Although the episode is the latest step forward in representation for "Sesame Street," the reception from viewers hasn't been completely positive.

Actor Billy Porter made headlines when he appeared on the show in his Oscars gown. Responding to outrage comments, Porter simply said: "If you don't like it, don't watch it."

See the episode below and leave your thoughts in comments.