New York – Catholic Comedian, Jim Gaffigan, tweeted support of the New York City Pride Parade. The tweet, a picture of his five children carrying rainbow flags, read: “I’m so proud of my gay kids. Happy #pride2017 #pridenyc.”
Gaffigan’s wife, Jeannie, tweeted a comment the couple’s son made while watching the parade.
The New York City Pride March, where Gaffigan tweeted from, is an annual event that has been held since 1970. “The March is a celebration of our lives and our community. In 2016, we were joined by over 350 unique marching contingents, representing a vast array of nonprofits, community organizations, corporate partners, small businesses, political candidates and activists,” the description of the New York City Pride March reads. “With over 80 floats making the trek down Fifth Avenue, last year’s March was one of the largest and most exciting in history.”
Last spring, Jim and Jeannie delivered the 2016 commencement at The Catholic University of America.
“I am delighted that we will be welcoming Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan to deliver this year’s Commencement address to our graduates,” said University President John Garvey in a press release that announced the Gaffigans as the 2016 commencement guests. “This couple has changed the face of comedy and the entertainment industry by putting the great adventure of marriage and family life on center stage. I have no doubt that our graduates will be inspired by the Gaffigans’ commitment to their Catholic faith, which shapes both their personal and professional vocations.”
Gaffigan was also the only stand-up comedian to perform at September’s World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, where Pope Francis addressed almost 1.5 million people during his visit to the United States.
Epic Pew is curious to see how Gaffigan’s Catholic faith plays into his commentary on cultural and social issues. We’ve reached out for a comment from Jim Gaffigan, and we have not yet heard back.