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There's Going To Be A Lesbian Couple On "My Little Pony"

We ship Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty.

Posted on June 12, 2019, at 3:37 p.m. ET

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The final season of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic will include a lesbian pony couple, just in time for Pride Month.

An upcoming episode titled β€œThe Last Crusade” will feature Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty, a couple who takes care of the school-age character Scootaloo.

And no, they're not just sisters or live-in gal pals. They are a bona fide romantic couple.

According to Comics Beat, the two actually appeared previously in a book, although this will be their first animated appearance. At the time, a writer and producer of the show, Michael Vogel, confirmed on Twitter that they are indeed a couple.

What a cute couple!!!!! https://t.co/h7EroakFpQ

@MLPRainbow20 Well they aren't sisters so....

@MLPRainbow20 When I say "cute couple" I'm saying that Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty are a cute couple. Yes.

Vogel later tweeted about the fantastic timing of Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty's on-air debut.

Hey hey!!! @NicoleDubuc , @joshhaber and I doin what we can to bring more EQuality to EQuestria!! #PrideMonth https://t.co/YPOvvxT3v0

The episode has already aired in Europe, but US audiences will get to see it on Saturday.

Vogel told BuzzFeed News that the idea for the aunts was a collaboration between himself and showrunners Nicole Dubuc and Josh Haber.

"I think it’s fantastic that we can show that what truly defines a family is love β€” that, to me, is the core of My Little Pony," Dubuc said.

It all started with getting them approved for that book.

"Nicole and I thought this was a great opportunity to organically introduce an LGBTQ couple in the series, and we asked Hasbro and they approved it," Vogel said.

"With Josh and Nicole running the final season together, it was something we all wanted to do β€” bring this out couple into the final season and make them 'officially' a part of the MLP world."

Haber said that, like other shows, fans love shipping same-sex pairings on MLP, even if they're not canon. This gave them a way to make a same-sex pairing a reality.

"Diversity and representation are important for kids for so many reasons, and it’s my first priority on everything I work on," he said.

For Vogel, who is gay, it was important to him for the show to reflect the real world.

"My Little Pony has always been about friendship and accepting people (or ponies) that are different from you. So it just felt like something important to do," he said.

Fans are very excited about the aunts.

Remember how I said Scootaloo had lesbian aunts in My Little Pony but they never appeared animated only in the novels? GUESS WHAT FUCKERS FINAL SEASON ANIMATES THEM AW HELL EYAH

For some, it was a happy lil' surprise.

Right so I was babysitting my little sister yesterday and put the newest my little pony episode on for her. And there's lgbt rep! One of the ponies has lesbian aunts! Children's media has come such a far way this year, shera, tdp, and even Arthur as well as this now have rep! πŸ’ž

Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty mark another win for LGBT representation in children's cartoons in 2019.

Last month, Mr. Ratburn from Arthur wed his husband in the premiere of the show's 22nd season.

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Although many applauded the wedding, Alabama Public Television refused to air the episode, saying it would "violate" their audience's trust.

Vogel said there's definitely still pushback in kids TV when it comes to LGBTQ inclusion, but shows like Arthur and Steven Universe are changing that.

"As someone who grew up watching every animated show there was, I like that LGBTQ kids growing up today can see themselves reflected in the shows they are watching," he said.

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