Hulu streaming service has announced a new kids’ cartoon called The Bravest Knight will feature same-sex parents.
LGBTQIA visibility in kids shows is currently lacking. The presence of an openly gay couple in the show is a step in the right direction for the streaming service.
While Hulu and Netflix offer a broad selection of LGBTQIA-friendly content for adult viewers, they lack content for kids.
After some disappointing reactions to Mr. Ratburn’s same-sex wedding in Arthur, Hulu is making a conscious push to include more inclusive content.
The first 5 episodes will premiere on 21st June, with the remaining 8 episodes to follow.
“The Bravest Knight continues Hulu’s commitment to connecting with kids and families through bold approaches in storytelling, and continues to be a supporter of LGBTQ content and creators.” – Hulu
The series is based on Daniel Errico’s book The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived. The story follows 10-year-old, Nia, who has two dads: Sir Cedric and Prince Andrew. Nia is on a journey to become a brave knight and loves to hear stories about Sir Cedric’s rise from farming pumpkins to knighthood.
The voice cast includes: T.R. Knight, Wilson Cruz, Storm Reid, Bobby Moynihan, RuPaul, Christine Baranski, Wanda Sykes, Teri Polo, Steven Weber, Donna Murphy, AJ McLean, Dot-Marie Jones, Maz Jobrani, and Chance Hurstfield.
A mission we all need to get behind
The importance of LGBTQIA presences in kids’ content is a priority. GLAAD Award-winner, Rebecca Sugar of Steven’s Universe explains,
“We need to let children know that they belong in this world.”
This message is especially powerful, as it follows the Mr. Ratburn debacle. Claiming the episode was “a violation of trust” between them and parents, Alabama Public Television refused to even air the episode.
“You can’t wait to tell them that until after they grow up or the damage will be done. You have to tell them while they’re still children that they deserve love and that they deserve support and that people will be excited to hear their story.”
“When you don’t show any children stories about LGBTQIA characters and then they grow up, they’re not going to tell their own stories because they’re gonna think that they’re inappropriate and they’re going to have a very good reason to think that because they’ve been told that through their entire childhood.” – Rebecca Sugar
SBS have a history of airing LGBTQIA-friendly kids’ content. Let’s hope they pick this show up!
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This story was originally published on Entertainment Weekly.