New Hampshire mom Jennifer Meade wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day with her two children and boyfriend, so they headed to a local community center for a dance.
The mom paid $30 for two couples tickets to the father-daughter dance at the Carter Community Building Association. One for her and her 7-year-old son and another for her boyfriend and 5-year-old daughter, according to Valley News.
But just 20 minutes into the dance, Meade and her son were asked to leave. The mom was upset and confused, she explained:
“It’s not like anyone was uncomfortable that I was there. I wasn’t taking away from anyone’s experience being there.”
She said CCBA wasn’t being inclusive of non-traditional families and should let mothers dance with their sons too.
Meade told Valley News:
“In this day and age, it’s not like your gender should define what type of parent you really are. I don’t understand why I have to be a dad to celebrate Valentine’s Day with my kids.”
CCBA Executive Director Shelby Day said that the mom wasn’t kicked out of the recreation center, but asked to move to another area where mothers usually go during the dance.
“(Meade) was not kicked out. She was encouraged to remain in the building and to hang out in our game room downstairs. It’s a father-daughter dance. That is what this (event) is about.”
She said the staff sold the mom tickets possibly believing it may have been for another male family member. Uncles and grandfathers can also attend the “daddy-daughter dance.”
Meade and her family left the dance because they thought it’d be better than splitting up.
The father-daughter dance at CCBA has been around for 20 years. Day said:
“We’ve always been about community. We’ve never been about disregarding anyone’s feelings about anything.”
Meade said she hopes they’ll be less exclusionary in the future.