On this day in 2016, animator and creator of Steven
Universe, Rebecca Sugar, came out as bisexual on a panel at San Diego Comic
Rebecca Sugar is the first woman to ever be an official show runner at Cartoon Network (x).
Rebecca was born on July 9, 1987 in Silver Spring, Maryland.
She began her career in animation with the Cartoon Network show Adventure Time, for which she was nominated
for Primetime Emmy Award for Short-Format Animation twice. She left the show
after the fifth season to begin production on her own original series, the now
famous Steven Universe.
premiered on Cartoon Network in 2013 and quickly gained a huge following of both
child and adult viewers. In 2016, the series was even awarded its own panel at
San Diego Comic Con, where Rebecca Sugar gathered with the other talents behind
the show to answer questions from fans. When one fan asked Rebecca what
inspired her to center Steven Universe around feminist themes, Rebecca
nonchalantly answered, “Well, in large part it’s based on my experience as a
bisexual woman” – this being the first time she publicly addressed her
sexuality! Rebecca went on to say:
“These things have so much to do with who
you are, and there’s this idea that these are themes that should not be shared
with kids, but everyone shares stories about love and attraction with kids. 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 and if you don’t hear those
stories it will change who you are. It’s very important to me that we speak to
kids about consent and we speak to kids about identity and that we speak to kids
about so much. I want to feel like I exist and I want everyone else who wants
to feel that way to feel that way too.”
In response, the audience at the panel
exploded into a standing ovation.