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‘Legends of Korra’ creators confirm lesbian romance

Joseph McCormick December 23, 2014
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The co-creators of anime series ‘Legends of Korra’ have confirmed that two main characters are a lesbian couple.

The American TV series – based on hit series Avatar: The Last Airbender – appeared to break new ground for children’s TV.

Fans have long suspected that the series was building towards a romance for protagonist Korra and best friend Asami, with their closeness and strong bond a central theme for the show.

The show’s closing moments appeared to confirm the rumours – when the pair walked off to the spirit world together hand-in-hand.

The show’s fans, who nickname the pair ‘Korrasami’, were ecstatic with the scene.

Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino, the show’s co-creators separately confirmed fans’ suspicions were true, reflecting on positive feedback.

DiMartino wrote on his Tumblr page: “Over the years we’ve heard from numerous fans, in person and online, how Avatar and Korra have influenced their lives for the better or helped them overcome a life struggle or setback. I am always humbled when people share their personal stories with us and I am grateful that my love for telling stories has been able to help people in some small way.

“So while Avatar and Korra were always meant to be entertaining and engaging tales, this universe and its characters also speak to the deeper humanity in all of us, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, culture, nationality, or sexual orientation.”

Children’s channel CBBC recently broadcast a feature about a transgender boy for the first time ever.

Documentary I Am Leo – which aired as part of the channel’s anti-bullying week – was targeted at the channel’s audience of 6-to-12 year olds.

Earlier this year, the Disney Channel featured its first ever gay couple in sitcom ‘Good Luck Charlie’.

Desi Lydic and Lilli Birdsell played Susan and Cheryl, who are the parents of a child that Charlie has a playdate with.

Although Charlie’s parents are surprised to learn that “Taylor has two mums”, they quickly grow to accept them for who they are.

Disney said: “This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors… Like all Disney Channel programming, it was developed to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness.”


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