Diversity among television characters is inching forward, with some real progress happening in the world of kids programming. LGBTQ characters in kids shows are beginning to appear on multiple channels and platforms and the representation is so important.

That said, media still have a long way to go towards diversifying kids’ programming across the board. Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar told Entertainment Weekly that despite how extremely difficult it was to get LGBTQ characters on air, she wouldn’t stop fighting for it. “By including LGBTQIA content and characters in G-rated entertainment for kids, you tell kids when they’re young that they belong in this world. You can’t not tell them that,” Sugar said.

Here are 5 kids shows that have made huge strides in LGBTQ representation and inclusivity.

Steven Universe

The popular Cartoon Network just featured a same-sex marriage proposal and wedding between characters Ruby and Sapphire. The show has been praised for its depiction of queer characters and storylines.

Star vs. the Forces of Evil

In early 2017, this popular series featured Disney’s first ever same-sex kiss.

Danger and Eggs

This Amazon Original series stands out in its representation of the trans community. Series showrunner, Shadi Petosky is trans. Characters in the show are also voiced by trans actors.

The Loud House

The McBride dads shown on the series gave Nickelodeon its first same-sex couple back in 2016.

photo: Netflix

Voltron: Legendary Defender

At this year's San Diego Comic Con, show creators confirmed to fans that Shiro, the leader of the Voltron Paladins, is gay.

Sugar continued, “There can’t be only a certain group of kids who are told someone will love you by all the entertainment that they see. It’s just so unfair.” Thankfully, these shows are paving the way for more networks and programs to be even more inclusive for all kids and their families.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Disney Channel via YouTube

 

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