A gay couple will meet with the makers of Barbie and Ken dolls to talk about creating same-sex wedding doll sets for children.
Matt Jacobi and Nick Caprio are scheduled to meet with representatives of Mattel next week.
The couple decided to push the toy makers after shopping for a Barbie wedding set with two Ken dolls for their niece.
But they could only find sets which had one Barbie and one Ken, reports CBS Austin.
Same-sex couple Ken dolls
‘You just look at it from your perspective and you just realize that it’s not, it’s not connecting to us,’ says Jacobi.
In the end, the couple purchased a traditional Barbie wedding set and an additional Ken doll, which Jacobi posted on Instragram.
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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
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But they say that now is the time to make introduce the same-sex couple option into the toy market.
‘It’s going to come up in your family no matter what,’ says Caprio.
‘As more same-sex couples are having kids, your kids are going to have kids in the class that have gay parents and things like that, too. So it’s not that huge of a shock anymore.’
The couple are not the first people to introduce try and make LGBTI themes in children’s toys more mainstream.
Last year, fashion design blogger Aimee Song made a series of photos of two Barbie dolls posing lovingly together.
One of the photos with two Barbie dolls wearing Love Wins T-shirts.
barbie is gay now it’s official pic.twitter.com/WGF2TPjm53
— ela (@mindsout) November 24, 2017
This was tweeted with the caption ‘barbie is gay now it’s official’, and was retweeted over 150,000 times.
In 2016, Mattel released a Barbie doll of lesbian soccer player, Abby Wambach.
The previous year, the company had featured a boy in their adverts for Barbie dolls, which had angered some conservative groups.