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Bert & Ernie Are Gay (And Why That's OK)

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Ever since the debut of Sesame Street in 1969, one mystery has befuddled and bemused TV audiences around the world. That question is: If everyone on Sesame Street is so friendly, why won't they let Oscar live with them in one of the apartments instead of outside in a trash can? Oh, and also: are Bert and Ernie gay?

Many have long suspected that these two beloved Sesame Street characters are, in fact, undercover Muppet lovers. Some people think they might be brothers, or just friends, but the evidence shows otherwise. Urban legend even holds that the characters were initially meant to give children a model for an everyday gay couple. But the Children's Television Workshop refuses to confirm or deny the implication (stating that they are puppets, and therefore don't have a sexual orientation), and thus we've all been left to wonder.

Until now. The signs are all there, and others are beginning to take notice: A petition on the website asked PBS and the Children's Television Network to get Bert and Ernie out of the closet - and hold a gay wedding for them. Sesame Street Workshop responded, in 2011, that everyone's favorite puppet couple are just friends. However, the cover of the New Yorker in July 2013 suggested otherwise. The cover, created by Jack Hunter, depicts Bert & Ernie snuggling on the couch, watching the SCOTUS decision about gay marriage. 

Those behind the movement believe that if Bert and Ernie marry, children might learn to be more tolerant and accepting of their gay peers, who in turn will feel better about themselves. Check out our list of reasons why Bert & Ernie are gay below, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comment section. 
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