TAMPA (WFLA) – There are some new faces on “Sesame Street.”
The show dropped its Family Day episode Thursday on HBO Max and YouTube with the episode featuring a family with two gay dads.
In the episode, two gay dads – Frank and Dave – and their daughter Mia to Elmo and his friends as they celebrate Family Day.
The introduction ended with, “Elmo’s so happy that you’re all here!”
It’s a big moment for the long-running show, which first aired in 1969 and had yet to highlight LGBTQ characters in this way.
Sesame Street producers have had to fight wide speculation that its popular characters Bert and Ernie are seemingly gay.
In 2018, the show said the best friends “remain puppets and do not have a sexual orientation.”
Castmember Alan Muraoka called Family Day a “milestone” episode, which he also co-directed.
“Sesame Street has always been a welcoming place of diversity and inclusion. So I’m so excited to introduce Nina’s Brother Dave, his husband Frank, and their daughter Mia to our sunny street,” he said in a Facebook post.
“The ‘Family Day’ episode of Sesame Street sends the simple and important message that families come in all forms and that love and acceptance are always the most important ingredients in a family,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis tweeted.