Gay Families Attend White House Easter Egg Roll
Siena Rose Garcia-Rizzo was all smiles on Monday afternoon when she met Clifford, Alvin and the Chipmunks and her other favorite cartoon characters on the South Lawn of the White House. The real excitement came for the 4-year-old from suburban Chicago when she took part in the Easter egg roll.
"She had a great time," said her father, Daryl Rizzo.
Rizzo, his partner Jaime Garcia and their daughter were among the roughly 50 same-sex couples who attended the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll in Washington, D.C. Neither President Barack Obama, nor First Lady Michele Obama referenced LGBT families in the brief remarks they delivered from the South Portico before they greeted children and their parents on the South Lawn. The majority of gay and lesbian couples who traveled to the nation’s capital to attend the event, however, simply enjoyed the festivities and the beautiful spring weather.
"We’re very excited to show our children the White House and to see it ourselves," Kelly Lawrence of Brookline, Mass., told EDGE. She, her wife Eloise and their two sons Silas and Theo received tickets to attend the Easter egg roll from MassEquality.
"We’re excited to participate in what looks like a fun event focused on families of all kinds," said Lawrence. "Easter is a big celebration for us, so we’re excited to participate in this kind of celebration of Easter."
New Jersey residents Howie Babushkin and Cal Urso attended the Easter egg roll with their 8-year-old twins Holden and Paige. Their children were particularly excited about their first visit to the White House.
"I’m just really looking forward to seeing it through their eyes and having them come back and share with their friends and their classmates," said Babushkin. "We just feel like it’s a really special thing for them and for us."