June 13, 2019 7:04 pm
Updated: June 13, 2019 7:51 pm

‘My Little Pony’ to introduce cartoon’s first lesbian couple

WATCH: The new episode will air just in time for Pride week in the U.S.

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Equality is coming to Equestria.

In a recent interview with Buzzfeed News, co-showrunner Nicole Dubuc said My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic will air its first episode with a lesbian couple this weekend in the U.S.

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The episode, called “The Last Crusade”, will feature storylines with Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty. While some thought the two ponies were siblings, the show confirmed in fact they were a couple.

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“I think it’s fantastic that we can show that what truly defines a family is love — that, to me, is the core of My Little Pony,” Dubuc told the site.

Writer and producer Michael Vogel even confirmed the two were a couple on Twitter back in 2017. “When I say ‘cute couple’ I’m saying that Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty are a cute couple. Yes,” he wrote on the social media site.

The couple first introduced in the book, Ponyville Mysteries: Riddle of the Rusty Horseshoe in 2017.

Vogel told Buzzfeed it had all started with the 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,” he continued.

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“With Josh [Harber, a show runner] and Nicole running the final season together, it was something we all wanted to do — bring this out couple into the final season and make them ‘officially’ a part of the [My Little Pony] world.”

This news comes just a month after it was announced that Arthur, another popular children’s cartoon, would return for its 22nd season with a same-sex wedding.

One of the show’s key characters, Mr. Ratburn, came out as gay.

Some networks, however, pulled the episode off air.

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Here is some of the social reaction to the news of Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty.

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