Given the use of rainbows and topics of inclusivity, My Little Pony was already primed for a children’s show which represeneted LBGTI inclusivity.
And this week, American audiences saw the show do just that in the episode The Last Crusade.
On Saturday (15 June), My Little Pony viewers were introduced two the show’s first same-sex couple, Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty.
The timing was no coincidence – the introduction of the characters was done to coincide with Pride Month which takes place annually in June.
Introducing Aunt Holiday (ginger hair, voiced by me!) & Aunt Lofty, the lesbian pony couple debuting today on on ‘The Last Crusade’ episode of My Little Pony Season 9! #mylittlepony #proud pic.twitter.com/UnUK0BSkhc
— audiosirenvo (@audiosirenvo) June 15, 2019
‘It’s fantastic that we can show that what truly defines a family is love’
The episode has been making waves on social media.
One Twitter use wrote: ‘We live in the best of all possible worlds’
Another commented: ‘Love. It isn’t just for breakfast anymore! I get more and more proud of season 9 with every episode. Way to go’
UOUUUUUHUHHHH MY LITTLE PONY INTRODUCED A LESBIAN COUPLE IM SO HAPPY? pic.twitter.com/sJbNvPuKi2
— Elma (@_echobone_) June 15, 2019
While this was a first for American audiences, the had already aired in Europe in previous weeks.
But even then, this wasn’t the first appearance of the couple.
As some fans noted, Aunts Holiday and Lofty have appeared in the My Little Pony books for some time.
‘My Little Pony has always been about friendship and accepting people (or ponies) that are different from you,’ writer and producer Michael Vogel told BuzzFeed News. ‘So it just felt like something important to do.’
Showrunner Nicole Dubuc echoed her colleague’s sentiments, saying: ‘I think it’s fantastic that we can show that what truly defines a family is love — that, to me, is the core of My Little Pony.’
We literally are The Best. https://t.co/eu1A47QQXP
— No YOU Are (@joshhaber) June 11, 2019
Following on from Arthur
My Little Pony’s same-sex couple follows on from another popular children’s cartoon introducing same-sex relationships into the line-up.
The season 22 premier of Arthur revealed that recurring character Mr Ratburn was gay.
The Arthur episode ended with the school teacher wedding his partner, Patrick.
My Little Pony, which airs on Discovery Family, is in its ninth and final series.