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Rebecca Sugar Came Out As Bi, Explained Why Queerness Is So Important To “Steven Universe”

"I want to feel like I exist and I want everyone else who wants to feel that way to feel that way, too."

Steven Universe isn’t just an awesome cartoon, it’s been winning at LGBT representations in all-ages television.

At San Diego Comic Con, series creator Rebecca Sugar explained why that’s important to her. (Oh, and she also came out as a proud bi woman.)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 09:  Rebecca Sugar attends the Cartoon Network: Adventure Time autograph signing. Cartoon Network at New York Comic Con 2015 at the Jacob Javitz Center on October 9, 2015 in New York, United States. 25749_002 723.JPG  (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images For Turner)
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Asked why SU has such strong female charqcters and pronounced and LGBTQ themes, a nervous Sugar replied:

“Well, in large part it’s based on my experience as a bisexual woman. These things have so much to do with who you are, and there’s this idea that these are themes that should not be shared with kids, but everyone shares stories about love and attraction with kids.”

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“So many stories for kids are about love,” she added, “and it really makes a difference to hear stories about how someone like you can be loved and if you don’t hear those stories it will change who you are.”

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Sugar says it’s important for TV shows to include diverse identities.

“I want to feel like I exist and I want everyone else who wants to feel that way to feel that way, too.”

In the show’s two years on Cartoon Network, we’ve seen girlfriends Ruby and Sapphire merge into badass Garnet, Steven and girlfriend Connie merge into the androgynous Stevonnie, and crystal gem warriors Pearl and Quartz smooch after a romantic dance.

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h/t: Autostraddle

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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