Two gay men are tying the knot, and would very much like for Mattel, the toy manufacturer for Barbie, to make a same-sex wedding sets for gay couples.
Matt Jacobi and Nick Caprio are to wed in 2019 and have asked for their niece to be the flower girl. On her 8th birthday, they wanted to gift her a Barbie set, that reflected their love, to get her excited for the event. The only problem was that they couldn’t find a barbie set that featured two men.
So they bought two sets and made their own. Their niece, Natalie, was ecstatic. Now the couple hopes they can achieve the same excitement again–with children all over. They’ve written an open letter to Mattel, asking the company to start making same-sex Barbie sets.
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Hi @mattel! Happy Holidays. We had a difficult time finding a same sex wedding set to give to my niece for her 8th birthday. She and her little sister are flower girls in our upcoming May wedding. We thought it would be special to give her something with a little meaning behind it. What a bummer you don’t make one with two grooms. Anyway, we had to get creative and make a couple purchases. I hope our custom gift inspires you to make a #GayWedding set! 🌈 . Kindest Regards, Matt Jacobi (America’s Favorite #Guncle) . . #LGBT #Grooms #Instagay #LGBTwedding #GayCouple #Guncles #RelationshipGoals #FamilyGoals #MarriageEquality
Mattel responded, and set an appointment for everyone to meet.
“Kids are taught to hate, they’re taught to have a negative feeling about those who don’t fit the social norm. It’s time that we bring positive examples into the commercial market. … Toys are tools for teaching,” Jacobi told Out Magazine.
Jacobi and Caprio hope that the meeting with Mattel goes well. In 2017, Mattel has become more socially conscious, by introducing doll sets that promote marriage equality.
Jacobi and Caprio will meet with Mattel in December or January. Until then, the couple is happy to have their message being heard.
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