Peppa Pig adds first female same-sex couple
We are here for it.
Kids around the globe love keeping up with Peppa Pig and her family and many animal friends.
There is Zoe Zebra, Rebecca Rabbit and Pedro Pony – and now a brand new character has been added into the mix – in the form of Penny Polar Bear.
What makes Penny somewhat special is that her family consists of two mums, making them the first same-sex couple of the popular children's TV show.
In an episode titled Families, which aired on Channel 5 earlier this week, Penny introduces her two mums to the titular character.
Penny is sketching a portrait of her family along with Suzi Sheep and Danny Dog, when she says: ‘I’m Penny Polar Bear. I live with my mummy and my other mummy.
‘One mummy is a doctor and one mummy cooks spaghetti. I love spaghetti.’
The introduction of Penny and her mums are a while coming, as back in 2019 a petition was launched calling for a same-sex parent family to be introduced to the show, which picked up almost 24,000 signatures.
As well as that, UK politician Norman Lamb also called for Peppa Pig to feature more gay characters in an interview with PinkNews.
When asked specifically if Peppa Pig should have more LGBTQ+ animals, he replied that it should not be ‘out of bounds.’
"If we’re not, it still tells that teenager, who is struggling to come to terms with her sexuality, that there is something not quite normal about how they feel."
To be fair, Peppa Pig has been previously hailed as a ‘gay icon’ and embraced by the LGBTQ+community in the wake of the release of the first Peppa Pig album.
Fans noted several aspects of the album nodded to LGBTQ+ rights, including a song called Rainbow, where the track caused one person to proclaim: ‘Peppa Pig said gay rights,’ while another person noted that the ‘fans also like’ section of Spotify featured a lot of LGBTQ+-friendly artists including SOPHIE, Slayyyter and Rina Sawayama.