Meet ‘My Little Pony’s’ First Ever Gay Characters and See When They’re Making Their Rainbow Debut
‘My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic’ is taking a big step towards LGBTQ+ representation in children’s television this Pride month.
Rainbow-filled children’s cartoon My Little Pony is embracing the rainbow flag just in time for pride. The show’s first lesbian couple will appear in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic later this month.
According to ComicsBeat, the series’ first same-sex couple, Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty, will make their onscreen debut in “The Last Crusade,” an episode from the ninth and final season of the animated show.
Fans of My Little Pony first met the two characters two years ago in a chapter book from the Ponyville Mysteries series, Mystery of the Rusty Horseshoe. Readers discovered that Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty had been looking after Scootaloo, the young Pegasus pony with a purple mane, while her parents were absent from the series. Fans were reassured that Scootaloo was being supervised while she adventured with her friends, but the relationship status between Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty was uncertain. Then, on Twitter, My Little Pony writer and producer Matthew Vogel set the record straight by declaring that Holiday and Lofty aren’t straight.
One Twitter user was still unsure. “Are they really lesbians in the actual book?” they asked. “Well they aren’t sisters so….” Vogel replied, then later gave the final word: “When I say ‘cute couple,’ I’m saying that Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty are a cute couple. Yes,” Vogel clarified.
Millennials might remember the original My Little Pony series from the 80s and, as 80s and 90s kids have grown up and become parents themselves, shows like My Little Pony have also grown to teach the inclusivity and tolerance that millennial parents want their own children to learn. For children of same-sex couples, Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty represent a family that looks like their own.
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In the upcoming series finale of My Little Pony, Scootaloo and her fellow Cutie Mark Crusaders will say a bittersweet goodbye. Though it’ll be sad to see the ponies fly away, the show’s introduction of its first LGBTQ characters leaves us with a comforting message: Friendship and love are magic—and love always wins.