A special outreach effort is being made to ensure a diversity of families are at this year's event, and that includes reaching out to the gay community.
The White House will open its South Lawn for children aged 12 years and younger and their families in a tradition that dates back to 1878. Tickets will be distributed through an online lottery system (more below), and LGBT families are urged to participate.
The President and First Lady have announced that this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll will be Monday, April 5, 2010. The theme is “Ready, Set, Go!” to promote health and wellness.
The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. All of the activities will encourage children to lead healthy and active lives and follow the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative, a national campaign to combat childhood obesity.
Entries for the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll Online Lottery will be accepted from Thursday, February 25 through Sunday, February 28. Please visit www.recreation.gov to apply for the online ticket lottery. One entry per person may be submitted at anytime during the lottery period. All entries will have an equal chance of being selected.
The lottery will be run on March 1. Lottery results will be available starting Thursday, March 4, 2010 at recreation.gov
As a special incentive for fans of Ryan Murphy's hit show, Glee - and yes, those fans are called "gleeks" - the cast of the show has been invited and will be performing.
Here’s a a video from last year’s event.
If you have kids, please be sure to sign up for this. Remember the hullabaloo from years ago when Laura Bush announced that all families were welcome to the Easter Egg Roll, including gay families?
LGBT families have come a long way, and this is not only a great way to raise our profile and help educate the public about the dreary ordinariness of our lives, but it's also a spectacular, extraordinary opportunity that you kids will love.
Special thanks to the Equality Federation for information about this event and the outreach to all American families.