Yahoo News reports:
PBS has just confirmed what those with heightened gaydar have suspected for years — Mr. Ratburn, Arthur’s no-nonsense-with-a-heart-of-gold teacher, is gay. Beyond that, in the Season 22 premiere of the PBS Kids show, the admirable educator gets married.
The animated children’s series Arthur entered its 22nd season with a celebration in an episode titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone.” The episode covers a topic that many children find relatable: Their teacher actually has a life outside of school.
The episode does not overtly label Mr. Ratburn as “gay” much like another episode of an Arthur spinoff show, Postcards From Buster, that featured gay characters. In the episode, Buster meets a number of children whose moms were lesbians. While Buster comments, “Boy, that’s a lot of moms!” it is not said that they are lesbians.
Mr. Ratburn from the beloved children’s show “Arthur” comes out as gay in the season 22 premiere of the show. 🌈 pic.twitter.com/RdxSFXt3sG
— Pop Crave (@PopCraveNet) May 13, 2019
MR RATBURN IS GAY HELLO !! HE GOT MARRIED !! pic.twitter.com/T1Emc97Y0f
— EIGHTH WONDER (@WOLFNOlR) May 13, 2019
This episode was wild too, Arthur and his friends thought he was marrying this pushy woman and tried to break them up only to find out the lady was his sister and Mr. Ratburn was marrying the guy from the chocolate shop they went to earlier in the episode https://t.co/mOXjvjBw34
— Christi Trottie (@ChristiTrottie) May 13, 2019
animation twitter is losing it over the fact that arthur made mr ratburn gay but no one is talking about his clearly queer sister pic.twitter.com/WcJBdP70l7
— Goth Ms. Frizzle (@spookperson) May 13, 2019