Disney Junior and the Disney Channel made history this week by featuring two interracial lesbian moms in the 3D animated television cartoon Doc McStuffins, voiced by Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi, reported GLAAD.
The episode, titled “Emergency Plan,” shares the story of two moms who learn the lesson of emergency planning for their family when a toy dragon creates an earthquake.
The ground-breaking episode is long overdue for same-sex parents whose children watch Disney on a daily basis.
“Children like mine deserve the chance to see their families reflected on TV, and this episode does just that in a beautiful and positive way,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization. “Shows like this reflect our real world, and today that includes the many children being raised by gay and lesbian parents who are all going to celebrate this story.”
Although the One Million Mom’s group has started a boycott against Disney, stating that “Disney should stick to entertaining and providing family-friendly programming instead of pushing an agenda,” Disney’s message of inclusion has won hearts and new audiences.
Doc McStuffins Creator, Chris Nee, draws from her own life experiences in this episode. The openly gay producer tells GLAAD, “I always envision Doc McStuffins as a show about what it means to accept everyone as part of our communities. As part of a two-mom family, I’m proud to have an episode that reflects my son’s world, and shows everyone that love is love in McStuffinsville.”
Click here to read the full GLAAD press release.
The episode aired Saturday on the Disney Channel and will be broadcast again Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Eastern/Pacific on Disney Junior. It can also be viewed online here.