Children with same-sex parents are getting a chance to see a family like theirs represented on a Disney Channel animated show this weekend.
The newest episode of Doc McStuffins, a show aimed at children age 2 to 5, features a family of dolls, headed by two moms. learning about the importance of emergency preparedness after a toy dragon creates havoc at their home. The moms are voiced by out actresses Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi.
"I always envision Doc McStuffins as a show about what it means to accept everyone as part of our communities,” said Chris Nee, the show’s creator and executive producer as well as the writer of the episode, in a statement released through GLAAD. “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."
GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis commended the program. “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,” she said. “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.”
The show, now in its fourth season, has received high ratings and won praise for featuring a young girl of color as the titular Doc, who fixes broken toys. In a video posted by GLAAD (watch below), Sykes joined in the praise.
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.