Robert: “Arthur” character comes out as gay, marries boyfriend in season premiere

Popular kids TV show, Arthur has been on the air for over 20 years, and to mark the premiere of its 22nd season, the show featured a longtime character reveal he’s gay and his marriage to his boyfriend.

The episode titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” Arthur and his friends attend their teacher’s wedding. They initially mistake their teacher’s sister (voiced by Jane Lynch) for his bride, but then discover that Mr. Ratburn was actually marrying his boyfriend. They respond with smiles on their faces, and one character remarks, “it’s a brand new world.”

“PBS KIDS programs are designed to reflect the diversity of communities across the nation. We believe it is important to represent the wide array of adults in the lives of children who look to PBS KIDS every day,” the network said in a statement regarding the episode.

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