‘Everyone’s Awesome’: Lego Celebrates Pride Month with First LGBTQIA + Themed Set
For the first time in Lego’s 72-year history, it is releasing an official LGBTQIA + pride set. The new set is coming out just in time for Pride Month, starting June 1.
The new set is inspired by the classic Rainbow Pride Flag and includes 11 monochrome minifigures that match the color of the flag. The set is called “Everybody’s Awesome”, inspired by the song “Everything is Awesome” from the “Lego Movie” soundtrack.
“I wanted to create a model that symbolizes inclusiveness and celebrates everyone, no matter how they identify or who they like,” set designer Matthew Ashton, said in a press release Thursday.
The Lego set has personal meaning for Ashton who is a proud member of the LGBTQIA + community.
“If someone had given me this set after coming out, it would have been such a relief to know that someone was supporting me,” Ashton said. “To know that you have someone there, to say ‘I love you, I believe in you. I will always be there for you.'”
Lego believes the set is a way for people to show their love, support and acceptance for young members of the LGBTQIA + community. Historically, researchers believed that children began to identify as LGBTQIA + during adolescence, however, new research says that this often happens from the age of nine.
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A 2018 study found that 1% of 9 and 10 year olds surveyed identified as homosexual, bisexual or transgender. Almost 7% of parents, when asked about their children’s gender identity, said their child could be gay and 1.2% said their child could be transgender.
A recent study published by Gallup found that 5.6% of American adults identify as members of the LGBTQIA + community.
It is important that families send a strong message of support to their LGBTQIA + children. LGBTQIA + youth have a much higher suicide rates than cisgender children, especially when they do not have sufficient family support.
Giving a child a pride-themed Lego set can also be a way to start an important conversation about sexuality.
“Having LGBT-inclusive toys creates space for families to let LGBT children know they are loved and accepted,” Joe Nellist, UK LGBT Foundation, told CNN.
“Growing up in a world that often tells you something is wrong with you can cause a person to develop a deep sense of shame – something we know can have a lasting impact on mental and physical health,” Nellist added. . .
But the decor is not just for young people. There is a growing community of adults who love to build with Legos and this set is a great way for them to show their pride too.
The Lego set includes the classic rainbow colors first introduced by Gilbert Baker in 1978 and includes subsequent additions of black and brown for people of color as well as white, pink and blue for transgender people and queer.
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