New york, ny the sesame workshop, formerly known as the childrens television workshop, announced that its flagship program sesame street would feature its first transgender character for the 2019 season. The character, who only has a project name of brunny at the time of this writing, will join elmo and the rest of the sesame street characters to discuss important issues of the. In a new interview, sesame street writer mark saltzman said that hes always thought of bert and ernie as a gay couple and explained that the characters are loosely based on him and his partner. Bert and ernie, whove been on sesame street for 25 years, do not portray a gay couple, and there are no plans for them to do so in the future. Sesame street upended the celebration of lgbt activists who praised a former writer for saying he wrote bert and ernie, the beloved puppet pair, as a gay couple. They were in an interview with a gay lifestyle publication, former writer mark saltzman said that he wrote bert and ernie as a gay couple. Sesame street to feature cross-dressing gay entertainer for impressionable preschoolers watching a cross-dressing gay man interact with their favorite tv characters is sure to affect. the shows new character admires his sister and is designed to show boys in afghanistan how important opportunities for all genders are. Sesame street celebrates lgbt during gay pride month the childrens show is now openly contributing to the sexualization of innocent preschoolers. Sesame streets iconic characters bert and ernie have been friends for decades , but the longtime debate over their relationship just took a. He told the magazine that he viewed the characters as gay when he was. Sesame street muppets ernie and bert pose for photographs during a press conference on the 40th anniversary of the sesame street in hamburg, germany, .