Children’s TV show Peppa Pig added a lesbian couple to its cast of characters for the first time.
n episode 41 of season seven, titled Family, which aired on Channel 5 on Tuesday, the polar bear Penny introduced her two mothers.
In this scene, Peppa Pig and her classmates are asked by the teacher to sketch pictures of their family to stick on the wall of their classroom.
Each student in turn introduces the family members they drew and describes their work and characteristics.
Penny sketches a portrait of her family and draws two female polar bears in skirts.
As she drew, she told her classmates: “I am Penny the Polar Bear. I live with my mummy and my other mummies.
“A mummy is a doctor and a mummy cooks spaghetti. I love spaghetti”.
Madame Gazelle replied, “Lovely, Penny.”
Penny’s moms will then appear at the end of the episode arriving with other parents to pick up their kids after school.
Many viewers took to social media to praise the decision to show an LGBT+ family for the first time in the animated show’s history.
One twitter user wrote: “This is how young children should be taught about inclusion.
“We don’t need to talk to them about sex. Show all family types only. They will understand the rest when it is appropriate. “
Another tweeted: “An autistic character in Thomas the Tank Engine and a kid with two moms in Peppa Pig… that’s a good day to represent!”
The children’s TV show Thomas & Friends, also shown on Channel 5, will feature the first autistic character created in collaboration with autism writers and organisations.
The character, called Bruno the Brake Car, will be voiced by 9-year-old autistic actor Elliott Garcia and will appear in future episodes of Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go! from September 21 at 7am.
Peppa Pig first aired in 2004 on Channel 5 Milkshake and Nick Jr, and has since been available in more than 180 territories.
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