WATCH: Steven Universe Makes LGBT+ Mainstream Cartoon History

Cartoon Steven Universe, which is well known for its positive depiction of queer characters, has created an emotional story-arc which fans of the show are living for.

Steven Universe characters Ruby and Saphire

Fans of Steven Universe, stop reading now if you don’t want any spoilers.

The LGBT+ friendly cartoon has made history by portraying the first ever lesbian proposal in a mainstream cartoon.

In the latest episode which aired July 4, Ruby popped Sapphire the question and fans are super happy about it.

The cartoon has gained praise internationally as depicting the queer community in a progressive fashion that has seen it gain a diverse range of fans around the world.

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The show follows a half-human, half-gem boy named Steven. He lives with three gems — Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl — as they work together to protect the universe.

Ruby and Saphire merge to create Garnet.

In yesterdays episode Ruby goes on a Wild West-style adventure with Steven Universe after she and Sapphire had an argument that disconnected them.

She soon finds that she misses Sapphire and comes to the realisation that she can be the trail-blazing adventurer and still love someone.

She returns to Saphire and pops her the question.

After proposing, Ruby says: ‘This way, we can be together even when we’re apart. This time, being Garnet will be our decision. What do you say?!’

Sapphire says yes.

Creator of the show Rebecca Sugar told Variety that they had never seen cartoon characters that “looked like me,” a non-binary person.

“I wanted to really create an image of a queer couple that makes sense together,” they said.


“Usually the couple is a man and a woman. But you don’t show that love can exist between two men or two women. I wanted to create equal-opportunity love stories for children.”

Sugar also added it was “important” for all the characters to be “gender-expansive” and that the intent of the show was to “always be very honest”.

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