The hit children's TV show, Blues Clues, has received wide-spread praise this week for their decision to include LGBTQ+ terminology in their rendition of the alphabet song.
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Now, this kind of news has been a long time coming.
For centuries, the LGBTQ+ community has been wrongfully discriminated against, meaning that people who identify in such a way haven't felt the confidence to come out and embrace their true selves.
But, as the years have trickled by...
The fight for acceptance and equality has grown.
Since the birth of Gay Pride in 1969, millions have marched for gay rights...
And the movement is showing no signs of slowing down today.
We've come a long way.
Here in the States, the LGBTQ+ community is bigger and prouder than ever before.
In Congress, we now have a number of openly-gay and trans congressmen and women...
And, in 2015, the Supreme Court ruled same-sex marriage as a legal right across the country.
Obviously, this was a landmark moment in the community's fight for equality.
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the plaintiffs asked "for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right."
Fast forward 6 years and the community is thriving...
And this week, the inclusivity was taken a step further by none other than a hit children's TV show.
As stated earlier, Nickelodeon's Blues Clues has received wide-spread praise for its LGBTQ+ friendly version of the alphabet song.
BLUE SAYS LGBT RIGHTS (YES THIS IS OFFICIAL) pic.twitter.com/mX1qrISwLG— Aoife :D (@AisforAwesome15) February 11, 2021
People are loving the decision...
we need happy blue as a transparent sticker, this is SO GREAT 💙🐾— detective pony (@map_of_neopia) February 11, 2021
Thank you for validating my kids. They have long ago out outgrown Blue’s Clues but we still have Blue’s Clues inside jokes.— MaviSeattle (@maviseattle) February 11, 2021
Thank you for your wonderful work, then!! This was such a nice surprise to see and I'm so glad that the final product is so wonderful and earning so much love :>— 🐌Kieren🐌 (@snailtrain) February 12, 2021
As someone who grew up with original show, this legit made me tear up— Built like an OSHA violation (@turbodrawn) February 12, 2021
All the graphics look fantastic
This is incredible!! Thank you Blue's Clues! 💗🏳️⚧️💙— Brina ∞ △⃒⃘ ⚯͛ ४ #MamaBear🏳️⚧️🌈 #BLM (@BentInfinity) February 12, 2021
Thank you a million times!!! I cried when I saw this, I couldn't believe it was real! The future will be brighter and more accepting if kids grow up seeing content like this.— Emily (@evh333) February 13, 2021
BLUE SAID NONBINARY RIGHTS— Robyn Hewins (@RobynHewins) February 11, 2021
According to LGBT Nation, the Nickelodeon reboot of the original educational pre-school show uploaded the clip from a recent episode to its official YouTube channel around 2 weeks ago.
In the clip in question, Blue the dog can be seen listing the letters of the alphabet.
And, when the letter P appears on the screen...
The show says that it stands for "Pride."
And that wasn't all.
The P is decorated with a rainbow pattern, while a number of flags denoting various LGBTQ+ demographics surround the word.
Commenting on the segment, Nick Jr designer and animator, Sammi WS Chan, wrote on Twitter:
The first thing that came to my mind was P is for pride when I got the script. I am so excited that all of ya'll are as happy as I am! I also did all the letters and graphics for this episode to be as inclusive as possible for Black History Month! #PRIDE #BluesClues #LGBTQIA https://t.co/xFRFuZbddo pic.twitter.com/KhPDGbildS— Sammi WS Chan (@Sammicanart) February 11, 2021
"The first thing that came to my mind was P is for pride when I got the script. I am so excited that all of ya'll are as happy as I am! I also did all the letters and graphics for this episode to be as inclusive as possible for Black History Month!"
You can watch the clip for yourself below.
An amazing step in the right direction!