It’s not often that kids’ shows – especially educational ones primarily aimed towards younger children – have positive queer representation. Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues & You, however, takes it one step further. For this year’s Pride Month, the kids’ show took the opportunity to teach their viewers about the different parts of the LGBTQ+ community through a sing-along video.
The animated video shows a drag queen – voiced by drag star Nina West of RuPaul’s Drag Race – singing to the tune of the classic nursery rhyme The Ants Go Marching. The lyrics, however, are altered to describe the Pride parade that’s happening in the video and to go through the different queer identities present.
As the video shows a parade float with a family of alligators with two moms holding gay and lesbian pride flags, West sings, “Families marching one by one / Hurrah, hurrah! / Families marching one by one / Hurrah, hurrah! / This family has two mommies / They love each other so proudly!”
The song continues up to 10 floats, each one representing different parts and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community. This includes gay men, bisexuals, transgender and nonbinary people, pansexuals, and asexuals.
They also make sure to include people whose families aren’t biological with lyrics like “Some people choose their family!” and “All families are made differently!” The song even references drag houses – which are the chosen families of drag kings and queens – as West sings “This house is a family of kings and queens / They love each other so proudly!”
Ending the song are the lines “Love is love is love, you see / And everyone should love proudly! / And we’ll all go marching in / The big parade!”
This isn’t the only time Blue’s Clues & You has shown its support for the LGBTQ+ community either. In an alphabet song they released last February, they used the word “pride” for the letter P and showed it through an animation of various pride flags.
Education about the diverse ways people love and exist should always be accessible to children, even if it’s in the form of a simple but powerful pride parade song featuring diverse families. So, it’s great that the show is setting an amazing example for what we need to see more of in children’s media.
You can watch the whole video here: