It's been over a month since the end of The Legend of Korra and many people (including me) are still reeling from that ending. They finally did the thing!
Since those final frames were shown many people have been talking about Korra, her relationships and what this means for shows aimed at children in general.
Many children's shows actively choose to not show same-sex relationships, so this is a big step. I can't, and I bet you can't, name one main character (besides Korra and Asami), in a children's show, who identifies, or is even hinted at, as anything within the LGBTQIA umbrella. Sadly there is little to no representation of LGBTQIA people in children's shows.
Despite this, the creators of Korra chose to show two bisexual woman of colour ending up together. This may come as a surprise for some, but it wasn't for many as hints have been dropped throughout the seasons to imply their budding feelings for each other.
While this is a big step, more needs to be done. Children's shows need to stop being afraid of having a gay, bi, lesbian, trans* or asexual main character. They need to also be able to openly and explicitly show same-sex relationships.
Some people argue that they don't want their children to see those sorts of relationships. The thing is, these parents don't have to let their children watch it. If they can filter everything for their children, they can do the same for these programs.
As you already know representation is very important. LGBTQIA people simply can not be ignored or erased in children's shows anymore. I know everyone has said this but it's 2015, people! If we are so invested in teaching children to love and understand all parts of themselves, and other people, we should show them LGBTQIA characters and show them that same-sex relationships are normal.
We should do this because a few children out there will see these characters, identify with them and understand themselves a bit better. Maybe they'll think, "Yeah, maybe what I'm feeling isn't wrong. Maybe I shouldn't hate myself because of this. Maybe I really am going to be okay."
Anjulie Te Pohe
Founder of Koru Mag | Mookychick contributor | Avid reader and writer of YA | Takatapui (Maori & bi/queer) | She/Them | Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org