Last night, the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards took place in Los Angeles to honor a year of LGBTQ inclusion and representation in media. Among other honorable mentions, for the first time, Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe took home the award for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming.
As an organization with a mission to educate and engage the Hollywood community on transgender representation and inclusion in media, GLAAD created the category for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming to recognize creators who seek to increase fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community.
Created by Emmy and Annie Award-nominated writer and New York Times Bestselling author Rebecca Sugar, Steven Universe was recognized as the first mainstream children’s TV show for featuring a same-sex marriage on a cartoon episode.
When asked about this episode, Rebecca Sugar expressed her understanding of how important this would be for the LGBTQ community:
“I wanted to really create an image of a queer couple that makes sense together,” Rebecca told Variety in an interview that took place last year. “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.”
Steven Universe: The Movie will air on Cartoon Network in Fall of this year.