Pride Month with Broadway Husbands

As Broadway performers, husbands, and dads, Bret Shuford and Stephen Hanna have experienced many of life’s highs and lows. Which is why every June they find it important  as members of the LGBTQ+ community to celebrate Pride Month. 

For some people they only see rainbows in June, but Pride Month is a time to celebrate and honor the LGBTQ+ community and the strides that have been made in the fight for equality. The month-long celebration has its roots in the Stonewall Riots of 1969, a turning point in the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement. Every June, people around the world come together to commemorate this event, recognize the progress that has been made, and raise awareness about ongoing issues that still need to be addressed

For Bret and Stephen, Pride Month is a time to reflect on their journey as a couple and as parents. As a married gay couple with a young son, they are proud to have played a part in changing the narrative around LGBTQ+ families. 

“Being a dad is one of the most rewarding things we have ever done, and being a gay dad makes us even prouder,” says Bret. “We’re so grateful for the progress that has been made in the fight for equality, but we know there is still work to be done.”

As Broadway performers, Bret and Stephen have seen firsthand the impact that representation can have. “Growing up, we never saw families like ours on TV or in movies,” says Stephen. “Now, we have the opportunity to show people that LGBTQ+ families are just like any other family.”

In addition to celebrating Pride Month, Bret and Stephen are also advocates for LGBTQ+ rights and visibility year-round. They frequently use their platform to raise awareness about issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community and encourage others to do the same. 


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“We know that not everyone has the same privileges and opportunities that we do,” says Bret. “That’s why it’s important for us to use our voices to make a difference and uplift others in the community.”  

For anyone looking to get involved in the LGBTQ+ community, Bret and Stephen encourage people to find their own way to contribute. “There are so many ways to make a difference,” says Stephen. “Whether it’s attending a rally, volunteering at a community center, or just being an ally to someone in need, every little bit helps.” 

As we celebrate Pride Month this June, Bret and Stephen hope that their story can serve as a source of inspiration and encouragement for LGBTQ+ families everywhere. “We want people to know that they are seen, they are loved, and they are not alone,” says Bret. “Together, we can continue to make progress and create a more inclusive world for all.” 

Vittoria Allen

Vittoria is a writer based in San Diego. A lover of good food, slow living, and a good novel, she shares her life with her husband and two daughters trying to squeeze out the beauty in every moment.

June 12, 2023