Steven Universe Wins GLAAD Award For Its LGBT Representation

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Beloved animated series Steven Universe won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Kids and Family Programming, presented Friday in Los Angeles.

Each year the GLAAD Media Awards recognize the best in mainstream media representation gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and issues. This is only the second year for the Outstanding Kids and Family Programming category; Disney Channel's Andi Mack received the inaugural award in 2018.

According to the GLAAD Awards website, Steven Universe "is a Cartoon Network show that focuses on Steven -- who lives with the magical, alien Crystal Gems -- and his friends and family as he goes on adventures and helps the Gems protect the earth. Though the show has always been significant for its LGBTQ representation, this past season was particularly memorable as it featured the first same-sex marriage on a mainstream children’s TV show."

This summer, series regulars Ruby and Sapphire married each other in a ceremony presided over by Steven.

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Competing for the same prize was last year's winner Andi Mack, fellow Cartoon Network series Adventure Time, and Netflix series Anne with an E and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.

Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar posted a photo of the show's GLAAD Media Award on her Instagram account. "I feel so thankful and honored," she wrote.

While this is the first time this series has won, this is not the first time Steven Universe was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. In 2017, Steven Universe was nominated for Best Comedy Series. The series just recently concluded its fifth season, and will return in the fall with Steven Universe: The Movie.

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Other winners at the 30th GLAAD Media Awards included Love, Simon, which won for Outstanding Film - Wide Release, Vida, which won for Outstanding Comedy Series, Queer Eye, which won for Best Reality Series, The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset, which won for Outstanding Video Game, and Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, which won for Outstanding Comic Book.

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