LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Sesame Street Shared A Sweet Pride Message, And People On Twitter Definitely Supported It

"Sesame Street taught me to accept myself. Thanks for the great lesson."

On June 23, Sesame Street's official Twitter account shared a sweet message of solidarity with LGBTQ people worldwide, just as the community was readying to celebrate Pride in cities across the globe.

The tweet, below, features a photo of seven of the children's show's beloved characters, such as Elmo, arranged to form a rainbow. The message underneath reads, "Sesame Street is proud to support families of all shapes, sizes, and colors."

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In less than a week, the heartfelt message has been retweeted more than 55,000 times, and garnered upwards of 133,000 likes.

Many Twitter users commented on the tweet, applauding Sesame Street for consistently promoting inclusivity of all kinds. "I ๐Ÿ’— you, Sesame Street," one user wrote. Another said, "You people were always the coolest."

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As refreshing as it is to see such a powerful and sweeping message from Sesame Street, it's no surprise. As part of the show's mission to "help kids everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder," the long-running PBS program has always prided itself on being as inclusive as possible.

In March 2017, viewers were introduced to Julia, Sesame Street's first character with autism. "It's really meaningful to see her there, singing with Elmo, Big Bird, and all the other characters," Rose Jochum, director of internal initiatives at the Autism Society of America, said at the time.

2017 has also included the debut of another important and topical character, Redusa the Recycling Fairy. Redusa's purpose in life is to help make the Earth a cleaner place by way of recycling trash, which she can do with the wave of her magic recycling wand.

Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that produces Sesame Street, has also made a point of addressing the worldwide refugee crisis in recent months. In addition to visiting refugee camps in Jordan, Sesame Workshop also filmed a video back in September 2016 explaining what refugees are. The video featured Grover in conversation with the U.S. State Department's then-Deputy Secretary Tony Blinken.

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