This Disney Show Featured Interracial Lesbian Parents — But That Wasn't The Storyline They Chose To Highlight

"With this episode, they see a family that looks like our family."

Continuing its tendency to teach kids valuable life lessons, Doc McStuffins has done it again with an episode about earthquake safety — while highlighting another issue that's relevant to today's world. The August 5 episode, titled "The Emergency Plan," featured an interracial lesbian couple and their kids, who learn how to cope with a natural disaster as a family.


"It's a great episode. You learn a valuable lesson because an earthquake happens and you see this family," Wanda Sykes, who stars in it, said in an interview. Sykes goes on to explain how the family exits the house, becomes separated, and Doc McStuffins herself asks them about their emergency meeting place. "It's teaching a family to have a plan in case of emergency so you know where to meet — and also to have a kit."

While this is a great thing to educate families about — especially children — there's a lot more going on in the episode that Sykes believes will have an impact on young viewers.

Sykes notes that having a Black girl who is a doctor and "positive role model" as a main character "sends a great message" to those watching in the formative years of their lives. Beyond that, though, there's also the fact that this episode in particular means a lot because it features interracial same-sex parents.

Lending her voice alongside Sykes in this episode is Portia de Rossi, who most will recognize from a slew of great TV shows and for being wife to Ellen DeGeneres. This also mirrors the life Sykes leads, as she has a wife named Alex Niedbalski and two children.

"My kids they watch the show," Sykes said. "With this episode, they see a family that looks like our family. We are two moms, and we have a boy and a girl — two kids. It's going to be very exciting for them to see that, to see our family represented."

GLAAD has praised the episode, noting how Disney Junior and The Disney Channel have "broke new ground" in a subtle-yet-effective way and Sarah Kate Ellis, the organization's president and CEO, giving it props for how it and shows like it "reflect our real world."

Check out this interview with Sykes about the "Doc McStuffins" episode here:

(H/T: Pink News)


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