This is a sponsored post.
Yesterday I got an email from my daughter’s school asking if I would be willing to help volunteer to staff an info table at the Philadelphia Gay Pride parade to help spread the word about our school. I said yes, because my daughter and I have always loved going to the parade each year. A couple of years ago Tori and I even marched in the parade together briefly with a friend and the “Radical Fairies,” until her four year old legs got too tired. It’s one of my favorite Philadelphia gatherings.
One of the highlights of the parade is the trolley full of gay and lesbian families; the first year I went with Tori I was excited to see a friend and her partner and son on the trolley, and we’ve seen them there each year since. The parade inevitably leads to discussions with Tori about what makes up a family, and how families look, and the hurdles that being gay brings to making a family. It’s a wide branching conversation that circles back to how Tori was created, too, because assisted reproduction is one of the many things our family shares in common with gay and lesbian families. It also leads to discussions about other ways families are built, such as adoption, and that leads to why this post is sponsored.
For the first time ever, a new television show is tackling these issues with kindness, grace, and love. ABC Family is going to be home to a new show called The Fosters that features a lesbian family raising biological kids while they also take in foster kids. It airs tonight at 9pm!
I cannot wait to support this show. My friend Deb wrote about the new show saying, “I’ve waited a long, long time to see lesbian motherhood featured in a television series like we’re about to see in The Fosters. I can’t wait because it feels good for me to see my type of family represented on television. Social service-minded lesbians who have creatively created family constellations? Check and check! I know at least thirty. Make that eleventy hundred.”
I’m so excited. I’m not sure the show will be something I can watch with Tori – I suspect the show will involve a lot of feelings and talking (based on other ABC Family shows I’ve loved, hello, Bunheads anyone?) so she’d find it boring. But I know I’ll be watching.
Let’s support this show. We need television to show more families that look like this – and trust me, the naysayers are already loudly cursing the show. Thanks, ABC Family, for being brave enough to make that leap knowing the opposition you’d face. I plan to watch religiously (pun totally intended).