The Tokyo Olympics are shaping up to be the queerest in history by a landslide. Over 140 out LGBTQ+ athletes will compete across 26 sports representing at least 25 countries in the Tokyo Games. From New Zealander weightlifter Laurel Hubbard to Canadian soccer player Quinn—follow our coverage of your favorite LGBTQ+ athletes as they begin to break records and make history 🏳️🌈
From early Bugs Bunny to villains like Ursula in “The Little Mermaid,” queer culture and gender transgression have always been present in animation. Historically, that inclusion has been illustrated through subtextual representation. But in the past decade, small-screen animation has undergone a noticeable shift. Representation in children’s cartoons in particular has increased in frequency, nuance, and overtness. Keep scrolling for a look at LGBTQ representation in the genre.