Gays With Kids Contingent in the Long Beach Pride Parade!
Even though the sun wasn't shining, everyone had a fantastic day surrounded by rainbows, celebrations, love and diversity.
On Sunday, May 20, a group of gay dads walked in the Long Beach Pride Parade, proudly representing Gays With Kids. Even though the sun wasn't shining, everyone had a fantastic day surrounded by rainbows, celebrations, love and diversity.
"It was wonderful to be in solidarity with other gay dads," said Moses Freyre who walked with his husband Bob and two sons, and who also organized the Gays With Kids contingency. "To be there and support and celebrate together."
All the kids had a great time, smiling and proudly waving their flags and being cheered on by the supportive crowd.
"Being apart of the pride parade was very special because it made our son feel fully embraced by the large, excited crowd," said gay dad David Blacker.
David Becerra walked with his boyfriend David Stephens and Stephens' two teenage kids. "It was amazing being able to walk alongside my boyfriend and two kids and show them that love has no gender."
"When I came out it took a few years to actually meet another gay parent," added Stephens. "Walking with other gay parents was amazing not only to know we are not alone but we were cheered and given so much love."
David Stephens and David Becerra and their son; Moses and Bob and their sons
Victor Arreola Jr. and Joseph Chavez Jr., gay dads of three, said they loved every minute of it, just as much their kids. "It was a great feeling of pride, unity and brotherhood," said Victor. "A feeling of coming full circle for both of us," added Joseph.
Victor Arreola Jr. and Joseph Chavez Jr. with their kids
Not only was it an opportunity to walk alongside one another, but the dads also used it as a chance to find out how their fellow dads manage to juggle life, their kids and work. You know, like regular parent chat.
Alex Goldstone and David Blacker
Some of the dads' highlights of the day were reflected in watching how their children truly responded to the parade. Stephens shared what he loved most about the day was "Looking at both of my kids and seeing just how much love they have for me and that they truly accept me for who I am." He acknowledged that his kids didn't sign up for a gay parent, "but that's what they have and the fact that they understand and accept me so completely makes me the luckiest man alive."
When the day was over and the celebrations had finished, David Blacker and Alex Goldstone's son told them that he felt proud to have two dads.
A big thank you to Moses and his husband Bob for organizing the Gays With Kids contingency at the Long Beach Pride Parade!
Moses and Bob Freyre and their two sons
Check out some of the fun from this fantastic Pride parade in the video below.