When cartoons rock.
“Steven Universe”, a series from Cartoon Network, showcased a lesbian marriage proposal between two out queer characters in a special July 4 episode.
This has never been done in children’s television before.
The two characters – Sapphire and Ruby – made their long-term relationship official. Ruby first went on a journey to self-discovery, only to return to ask for Sapphire’s hand in marriage, saying that “This way we can be together even when we’re apart.”
Earlier interviewed by Variety, the show’s creator, Rebecca Sugar, expressed her support for equal representation.
“I wanted to really create an image of a queer couple that makes sense together,” Sugar was quoted as saying. “Usually the couple is a man and a woman. But you don’t show that love can exist between two men or two women. I wanted to create equal-opportunity love stories for children.”
The inclusive episode, simply titled “The Question”, marked the show’s 21st episode in its fifth season.