My Little Pony is an American toy-line, turned multi-media franchise consisting of cartoons, comic books, live productions, albums films and even manga series that has been going since the early 1980s with the release of My Pretty Pony. Generally seen as the "female" equivalent of "male" series such as The Transformers and G.I. Joe, the franchise prioritized stories of adventure, sometimes surreal and grand in scope.
Over its years, the series has spawned a number of LGBT characters, primarily with its 2010 revival series, Friendship is Magic and its spin-off, Equestria Girls.
The first known gay character to appear in the show was a pony named Sappho, a model with a large following who only appeared in the comic book series, My Little Pony: Friends Forever. Earlier, two characters given the fan-nicknames Wiz Kid and Curly Winds were both implied to be gay, as they often appeared in romantic situations together, holding hands, cuddling with one another and acting romantic near each other.
The first openly gay couple appeared in the 2017 book, Ponyville Mysteries: Riddle of the Rusty Horseshoe with Scootaloo's aunts, Holiday and Lofty, who often looked after Scootaloo as her own parents weren't "interested" in her life. Though this story was regulated to a separate continuity, the two did appear in the cartoon series and were still openly gay and just as loving towards their niece as they were originally.
In the 2018 special, Equestria Girls: Rollercoaster of Friendship, it was originally intended to be that Applejack and Rarity would get together as a couple, however this idea was instead left to be up for the viewers interpretation. Similarly in the 2019 episode "The Last Problem", Applejack, this time her pony counterpart, was once again in a lesbian relationship left up to the viewers interpretation, this time with Rainbow Dash.
Throughout the show, the relationship between Lyra Heartstrings and Bon Bon was shown in various background interactions, but in the episode "The Big Mac Question", it was finally confirmed that the two were in a romantic relationship as the two proposed to one another and later got married.
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In 2019, Tara Strong made a tweet condemning J.K. Rowling for her transphobic tweet.