“San Diego Comic-Con always holds a few animation surprises, but this year’s biggest one also marks a historic moment for the American animation industry. Yesterday in a panel devoted to Steven Universe, an attendee asked about the show’s inclusion of LGBTQ themes, to which creator Rebecca Sugar answered that it’s based on her own experiences as a bisexual woman.
Sugar’s admission drew applause from the audience. She seemed temporarily thrown off balance by her own statement, but after a few moments, she elaborated on the subject. ‘There’s an idea that these are themes that should not be shared with kids, but everyone shares stories about love and attraction with kids,’ she said. 'So many stories for kids are about love, and it really makes a difference to hear stories about how someone like you can be loved.’
'It’s very important to me that we speak to kids about consent, that we speak to kids about identity…’ she continued, before admitting that there was far too much she wanted to say about the subject. 'I want to feel like I exist, and I want everyone else who wants to feel that way to feel that way too.’
Sugar has forged new ground, letting her audience know once and for all that her creative choices have been deliberate, and in the process, opening doors for other artists who want to use animation to tell personal stories in the same way that mainstream creators in other art forms do.”