Radical gay advocates are celebrating the addition of lesbian ponies to the “My Little Pony” franchise.
The new characters appeared on this weekend’s episode of the Discovery Family show, “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.” The gay characters are named Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty, and they take care of the character Scootaloo.
“The characters previously appeared in the 2017 book ‘Ponyville Mysteries: Riddle of the Rusty Horseshoe,’ but this will be their first appearance on the Discovery Family series, a reboot of the Hasbro 1980s original,” HuffPost reported. “One of the series’ writers, Michael Vogel, pointed out the perfect timing of the episode’s June 15 air date.”
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The series writer, a nopenly gay man, said that he always forces gay subjects into his work. It is “my first priority on everything I work on,” he said.
“Diversity and representation are important for kids for so many reasons, and it’s my first priority on everything I work on,” Vogel said. “‘My Little Pony’ has always been about friendship and accepting people (or ponies) that are different from you. So it just felt like something important to do.”
The radical gay activist went on to add, “Nicole and I thought this was a great opportunity to organically introduce an LGBTQ couple in the series, and we asked Hasbro and they approved it. With Josh and Nicole running the final season together, it was something we all wanted to do — bring this out couple into the final season and make them ‘officially’ a part of the MLP world.”
The newest gay activism in a PBS kids show comes on the tale of gay characters added to the long-running cartoon, “Arthur.”
The long-running Public Television kid’s show, Arthur, is featuring a gay marriage ceremony in its 2019 season opener.
In May, the series featured a same-sex marriage featuring the aardvark’s teacher Mr. Ratburn.
According to WCYB:
Following the scene that shows the teacher and his husband Patrick walking down the aisle, Arthur is shown at the reception saying he cannot believe that Mr. Ratburn is married.
“Yep. It’s a brand new world,” says Arthur’s friend Francine in the episode entitled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone.”
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