Sesame Street Praised For ‘Milestone’ LGBTQ+ Episode

by : Niamh Shackleton on : 23 Jun 2021 12:42
Sesame Street Praised For 'Milestone' LGBTQ EpisodePBS/SesameStreet/YouTube

Sesame Street is known for making itself diverse and inclusive, and has recently been applauded for a LGBTQ+ ‘milestone’ on the show.

As part of it’s ‘Family Day,’ which celebrates diversity, Sesame Street‘s characters were given a lesson on how there can be all kinds of different families in the world, including ones with same-sex relationships.


The well-loved children’s television featured a pair of dads who share a child together; Dave was introduced as Nina’s brother, alongside his husband, Frank, and their daughter, Mia.

Sesame Street Day Dads (HBO Max)HBO Max

During the episode, Frank said, ‘There are all kinds of different families, but what makes us a family is that we love each other.’

People have since taken to social media to applaud the show for its Family Day feature and for having Frank and Dave on the show.


Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, wrote, ‘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.’

Meanwhile, co-director of the episode, Alan Muraoka, said he was ‘honored’ to have been part of the episode’s making.

He wrote on Facebook, ‘Sesame Street has always been a welcoming place of diversity and inclusion. So I’m so excited to introduce Nina’s Brother Dave, his husband Frank, and their daughter Mia to our sunny street.’


Muraoka continued:

I am so honored 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!!!!

Hats off to Sesame Street for showing that not all families look the same.

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Niamh Shackleton

Niamh Shackleton is a pint sized person and journalist at UNILAD. After studying Multimedia Journalism at the University of Salford, she did a year at Caters News Agency as a features writer in Birmingham before deciding that Manchester is (arguably) one of the best places in the world, and therefore moved back up north. She's also UNILAD's unofficial crazy animal lady.

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