Children’s TV network, Nickelodeon is about to make history as it plans to introduce its first gay couple into an animated series, “The Loud House.”
The animated series, The Loud House, which debuted on the channel in May, has a bi-racial gay couple and centers on the life of Lincoln Loud and his 10 sisters. Clyde is Lincoln’s best friend and a main character on the series.
Howard and Harold will appear in the cartoon as the parents of Clyde McBride, a friend of main character Lincoln Loud. The storyline revolves around them being overprotective, but more than anything else, there’s a subtle reference to their marital status.
The pair, voiced by Wayne Brady and Michael McDonald, will make their debut in the episode Overnight Success, which sees Clyde heading over to Lincoln’s house for a sleepover.
As evident in the clip, the series makes no hoopla over the appearance of the married gay couple. Instead, it focuses on the protective nature of the McBride’s after dropping off Clyde at the Loud residence for a slumber party.
The decision to feature a married same-sex couple on a children’s program has been met with overwhelmingly positive reactions.
The last time an LGBT couple was shown on-screen, it was back in 2014 series finale of The Legend of Korra, where Korra kisses her friend Asami in the show’s final sequence. It was a watershed moment for LGBT representation in Western children’s television.
However, their romance was never really made clear, and the moment was marred by Nickelodeon’s decision to pull the final five episodes off the air and instead show them online.
Disney Channel also broke similar barriers in 2014 when live-action comedy Good Luck Charlie introduced a same-sex couple in 2014.