For LGBT families, it’s often hard to find family representation in films, books, TV shows, and, yes, music. That’s why Manuel and Bud Santos created nursery rhymes for their kids that represented their LGBT family, and then decided to professionally produce the songs to share with others.
The songs feature gay-dads, single-dad, and two-mom families.
Manuel and Bud live in Spain with their two children. They shared in a statement how these songs came about:
“Since the day Àlvaro was born in 2013, we have sung hundreds of nursery rhymes and children’s songs, many of them on a daily basis.”
“Really fun and catchy songs like 5 Little Monkeys that the kids love and that get them singing and dancing and interacting with the song. But for us, many of these songs provoke a bit of anxiety because every time we sing them it makes us think, “Ugh, this doesn’t represent our family at all.”
“So, little by little, we have either started to mumble over the unrepresentative words and pronouns, or changed words, or in some cases just avoid singing them.”
“Until one day, not too long ago, in the middle of one of these songs, Manuel said, ‘This is so annoying. Why don’t we just record the songs ourselves, the way we want them to be?”’
And that’s exactly what they did.
Bud and Manuel wanted to make sure they highlighted fathers in these songs as they noticed many songs highlight mothers and can be adaptable more easily for two-mom families:
“For example, in all the different versions online of the song 5 Little Monkeys there is not one where it is the father who calls the doctor, when the little monkeys fall to the ground, it is always the mother,” they said.
However, the two dads knew that there were some nursery rhymes that were still traditionally representative of one dad-one mom families, so they created two-mom versions of Rain, Rain, Go Away and Finger Family.
The songs can be found on Itunes. With the profits, the fathers hope to create animations to go along with each song.
The fathers said in a statement:
“At first we were going to do home-made versions just for our kids, but our friends and family thought it was such a good idea that we decided to produce it professionally.”
“We really hope to help contribute to the development of little boys and girls, and that they learn that there are all different types of families, ones like theirs – or different from theirs – everywhere!”