Entries from LGBT firsts

  • June 2021
  • Photo: Facebook

    The People in Your Neighborhood

    Check out what Alan Muraoka, who plays the current owner of Hooper's Store on "Sesame Street," posted yesterday 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. Our Family Day episode drops today on HBOMax and on YouTube," wrote Muraoka. "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!!!!"

    What a positive addition. Now maybe we gay folks can stop pressuring Bert and Ernie to come out. They're just not ready.

  • May 2021
  • Photo: Facebook

    A Hymn to Them

    What a journey it's been for the Rev. Megan Rohrer, 41, who came out as a lesbian at a Lutheran college in South Dakota.

    "The people who were in my religion classes with me would sing hymns when I walked by, to try to get rid of my gay demons. And I would just sing harmony. I didn't know what to do," Rohrer remembers.

    After college, Rohrer began to identify as transgender. And now they've been elected as a bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the first openly trans person in the nation to achieve that status in a major Christian denomination.

    I'm sure some of those hymn-singers are now seething in a most unchristian fashion.

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