With Pride Month underway, children’s media have found ways to celebrate throughout the month. From the Blues Clues Pride Parade to the rainbow solidarity message of Sesame’s Street, child-focused brands have infused pride in their programming. Even Lego took part in the Pride Month celebration with their rainbow-themed set Everyone’s Awesome.
For Supernow, who is relatively new to the children’s media scene, celebrating Pride Month was an opportunity to double its mission of inclusion. Supernow runs live interactive lessons for kids ages 4-10 and has focused on delivering special pride-themed content in June. Their pride classes, led by magical characters including Rainbow and Joy Queen Queen Dee and drag queen Gracie Staynes explore radical expression, inclusiveness and diversity.
In one of the pride classes, Staynes focused on helping students develop their self-esteem and embrace what makes each of us unique. In another class, Queen Dee hosted a happy celebration of the differences between the students, focusing on color. Children explored color differences, embraced all skin tones, and gained a greater appreciation for the rainbow. The final pride-focused show takes place on June 22 at 1 p.m. ET and is called “Color Wars.”
For Supernow co-founders Rachel Breitenwischer and Lyndsey Wheeler, creating a place where all children feel at home has always been important. Supernow classes aim to be an environment where all children and families can feel not only welcomed, but celebrated. When kids join Supernow shows, Breitenwischer and Wheeler want them to walk away with a sense of joy, compassion and acceptance.
“The UKTN of this company has been built on inclusiveness, radicalism, self-acceptance and self-expression,” said Wheeler. “We’re talking about letting your authentic flag fly all the time. Many of our teachers are LGBTQ + and feel very passionate about accepting their authentic selves, and we want to create an environment for that, for teachers and students.
While Pride Month has prompted in-depth reflection on how to celebrate the LGBTQ + community, Breitenwischer and Wheeler stress that the focus on pride will not end after June. Supernow’s teachers are primarily performers, from Broadway actors to musicians, all of whom are invited to develop their own creative approaches to teaching inclusion. With an emphasis on teaching young children, most of the Supernow pride-themed shows aim to teach children acceptance and expression. Even on shows that aren’t explicitly focused on pride, students are encouraged to embrace who they are and celebrate what makes them and each other unique.
“One of the things we accept with our characters is that they’re all very original. We want our characters to have some sort of unique attributes or personality traits, which might even be considered traditionally weird or weird, because we want to make kids understand that it’s okay not to be the norm, ”he said. said Wheeler.
Classes at Supernow are offered on a wide variety of subjects, from Hamilton drama songs and plays to scientific explorations. Regardless of the course content, the goal is to help students develop social and emotional skills while connecting with other children around the world to form a community based on acceptance.
“We are creating a community of children around the world,” said Breitenwischer. “We had a class with a teacher from Prague and children in Venezuela, India, London, New York and Texas. These children would not normally be exposed to this kind of global community, but they will grow up in a very global world. We enable children to have a social learning experience with children from beyond their backyard.