PBS Kids Show Character Comes Out, Gets Married

Yahoo News reports:

PBS has just confirmed what those with heightened gaydar have suspected for years — Mr. Ratburn, Arthur’s no-nonsense-with-a-heart-of-gold teacher, is gay. Beyond that, in the Season 22 premiere of the PBS Kids show, the admirable educator gets married.

The animated children’s series Arthur entered its 22nd season with a celebration in an episode titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone.” The episode covers a topic that many children find relatable: Their teacher actually has a life outside of school.

The episode does not overtly label Mr. Ratburn as “gay” much like another episode of an Arthur spinoff show, Postcards From Buster, that featured gay characters. In the episode, Buster meets a number of children whose moms were lesbians. While Buster comments, “Boy, that’s a lot of moms!” it is not said that they are lesbians.