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Insider’s FABULOUS Research Team Studied 259 LGBTQ Characters In Cartoons For Groundbreaking Findings

“Insider produced a database to track the historical presence of LGBTQ and gender-minority characters in animated children’s television.” – “259 LGBTQ characters in cartoons that bust the myth that kids can’t handle inclusion,”



Click to read the full summary that’ll BLOW YOUR MIND. I was fascinated and immediately sent this compilation to friends to confirm that animation writers are in it for the kids, affirming that all kids matter in their universe. Love this. Click to read HERE.

LGBTQ representation has exploded in animated children’s television.

Insider created and analyzed a database featuring more than 250 LGBTQ characters from animated TV shows. We also spoke with showrunners, writers, voice actors, designers, parents, and more about how this inclusion boom is affecting them.

We found that much of this inclusion is hidden behind a paywall. We also discovered that queer and trans women were behind most of the inclusion efforts but are fighting to ensure that characters don’t succumb to stereotypes. LGBTQ creators of color are dealing with workplace abuse even while pushing for inclusivity on screen. And while studio executives often blame many factors for a lack of progress, experts say the onus is on them to enact change.

Our complete findings will be unlocked throughout the month of June.

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Credits to the work done for Insider:

  • Reporting: Abbey White, Kalai Chik
  • Editing: Joi-Marie McKenzie, Brea Cubit, Emma LeGault, Megan Willett-Wei
  • Design and development: Sawyer Click, Skye Gould, Taylor Tyson, Joanna Lin Su
  • Video: Chris Snyder, Jess Chou, A.C. Fowler, Kyle Desiderio, Kuwilileni Hauwanga

Jennica Schwartzman, Managing Partner at Purpose Pictures Productions, Co-Founder of Little Sister Entertainment, and a member of The Producers Guild of America, SAG/AFTRA, and Moms-In-Film LA, loves tackling a project from idea to distribution as a multi-hyphenate actress-writer-producer. Jennica has been published in the Producers Guild Magazine "Produced By," Legacy Arts Magazine, Paragon Road, Bustle, and she is a guest writer for the acclaimed entertainment industry websites,, Artemis Motion Pictures' #WomenKickAss Forum, and She has been invited to speak on film festival panels and is a workshop teacher for The International Family Film Festival's Road Scholars intergenerational filmmaking camp. Jennica has produced ten feature film releases. Jennica and her husband /producing partner /writing partner Ryan have two kiddos and reside in Hollywood.

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