In recent years, children’s cartoons have seen an increase in LGBTQ representation including Howard and Harold McBride in “The Loud House,” Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durand in “Gravity Falls” and Ruby and Sapphire in “Steven Universe.”
But other characters never had an explicit coming out, or, due to censors, had to remain in the closet.
Here are five gay, lesbian cartoon characters you might not know.
Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus
OK. Now that you stopped giggling at Sailor Uranus, we can get along with it. The popular Japanese anime, “Sailor Moon,” features two Sailor Soldiers in a lesbian relationship, Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus. When the series was released in the United States, their relationship was changed from girlfriends to cousins, which made for some pretty weird and uncomfortable episodes, actually. The girls’ relationship was finally allowed to be authentic with the VIZ Media re-release in 2014.
The short-lived Disney animated series “Gargoyles” has a rabid fan base even two decades after the show went off the air. It told the story of a clan of warrior creatures from 10th-century Scotland who are forced to hide and find their way in modern-day New York City. It wasn’t until the show went of the air that creator Greg Weisman confirmed that fan-favorite Lexington is gay.
In an interview with ComicMix, Weisman was asked if voiceover actor Thom Adcox was ever told Lexington was gay.
“No, because there was nothing we felt he needed to change, and it was towards the end,” Weisman said. “I remember it was actually at the Gathering of the Gargoyles in New York that a fan flat-out asked if Lexington was gay, and I said, ‘Yes,’ and Thom cried out, I knew it!”
Well, maybe this one isn’t a very well-kept secret but recently, “Hey Arnold!” creator Craig Bartlett, confirmed the kids’ teacher, Mr. Simmons is gay.
That was not-so-covertly hinted at in the episode, “Arnold’s Thanksgiving,” where Helga and good ol’ Footballhead, meet Mr. Simmon’s family and friends over their holiday meal.
During the dinner, obvious tension exists between Mr. Simmon’s mother and his friend, Peter. When his mother disappointingly mentions she didn’t know Peter was attending, the wine-swirling Peter snarks back, “There’s a lot of things you don’t know.”
Marceline and Princess Bubblegum
I know, I said five, but here’s a bonus queer character. This one may be a wobbler for some. In 2014, the voice of the Vampire Queen Marceline, Olivia Olson, confirmed at a book signing that Marceline and Princess Bubblegum had dated in the past. If true, that could explain the strained relationship between the women.
Olson went further and said their relationship may be mentioned in an upcoming book, but said little else about it. Olson later tweeted, “I like to make things up at panels. Ya’ll take my stories way too seriously…”. That Tweet was later deleted, and since then, she hasn’t spoken about the subject.