“Steven Universe” wins the 2019 GLAAD Media Award for outstanding kids & family programming

Steven Universe cast

Last updated on December 10th, 2021

The first half of the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards, honoring depictions of LGBTQ people in mainstream media, took place last night.

Here’s the nominees and winners (here and here) in each category; the winners are in bold. Note that the awards are split into two parts. The remaining winners will be announced May 4 in New York, so I’ll update this post then.

Outstanding Film, Wide Release

  • Love, Simon
  • Deadpool 2
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web
  • Blockers
  • Crazy Rich Asians

Outstanding Drama Series

  • Black Lightning (CW)
  • Supergirl (CW)
  • Billions (Showtime)
  • Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
  • Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
  • Instinct (CBS)
  • Pose (FX)
  • Shadowhunters (Freeform)
  • Star (Fox)
  • Wynonna Earp (Syfy)

Outstanding Kids & Family Programming

  • Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)
  • Adventure Time (Cartoon Network)
  • She-Ra and the Princess of Power (Netflix)
  • Andi Mack (Disney Channel)
  • Anne with an E (Netflix)

Outstanding Comic Book

  • Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles (DC Comics)
  • Batwoman (DC Comics)
  • Bingo Love (Image)
  • Fence (Boom! Studios)
  • Iceman (Marvel)
  • Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass (Boom! Studios)
  • Oh S#!t It’s Kim & Kim (Black Mask Comics)
  • Runaways (Marvel)
  • Star Wars: Doctor Aphra (Marvel)
  • Strangers in Paradise XXV (Abstract Studio)

Outstanding Video Game

  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset (Bethesda Softworks)
  • Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (Ubisoft)
  • Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire (ArenaNet)
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Versus Evil)
  • The Sims Mobile (Electronic Arts)


DC Comics’ recent darker-toned Snagglepuss miniseries won for outstanding comic book. I was rooting for the “Lumberjanes” graphic novel; despite how long the series has been running (since 2014), it has yet to win.

“Steven Universe” finally won its first GLAAD award for outstanding kids and family programming. This apparently came on the strength of a wedding episode between Ruby and Sapphire, the two constituent Gems that make up Garnet. GLAAD states it’s “the first same-sex marriage on a mainstream children’s show.” While there’s married same-sex characters in children’s TV (such as the McBrides in “The Loud House“), I admit I can’t think of a previous actual wedding.

Image from “Steven Universe.” (Cartoon Network)

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