British cartoons show diversity in characters, Same-sex parents, and autistic peers.

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A global children’s animation program from the UK, which is also being broadcast in Japan, is making progress in valuing the diversity of its characters.

Parents of a same-sex couple appeared in “Peppa Pig,” which features a little piggy girl, and a friend with autism appeared in “Thomas the Tank Engine.” An internet outcry spurred the move, and LGBT and autism advocacy groups welcomed it.

What attracted attention in Peppa Pig was the scene where children introduced their parents at school. “I live with two moms,” Penny, the polar bear, tells her teacher. “One mom is a doctor, and the other makes spaghetti.”

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