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 “The Last Crusade” will feature Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty, a couple who take care of the school-aged character Scootaloo.
And no, they’re not just sisters or live-in gal pals. They are a bonafide 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.
Vogel took to Twitter again to discuss the fantastic timing of Aunt Holiday and Auntie Lofty’s on-air debut.
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 — that, to me, is the core of My Little Pony,» said Dubuc.
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 — 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.
For some, it was a happy lil’ surprise.