No one expected the small tech expert from Manhattan's turned-to-stone winged heroes to be a part of the LGBT scene. However, the creators of Disney's Gargoyles have confirmed that Lexington is, in fact, gay - it just didn't start out that way. They said that over time as they learned more about their characters they realized he was gay, but he just didn't know he was.
2. Maggie Sawyer - 'Superman: The Animated Series'
She didn't appear in a lot of episodes (eight in total) but this member of the Metropolis police department was seen with two people. The first was her work partner in the Special Crimes Unit, Dan Turpin. The other is her life partner Toby Raynes, who was even by her side in the hospital after the battle with Darkseid and at Turpin's funeral service.
The cartoon had a clear streak of progressive themes that weren't obvious to their young audience. The fourth-grade teacher to Arnold's class is a kind man who show a clear love for his job. But in a Thanksgiving episode, he showed that he has another love - for Peter, a man drinking wine and with a bit of an attitude.
The original series showed a clear lesbian relationship between Sailors Neptune and Uranus. American television networks, the prudes that they are, did not allow this side of the girls to be seen. They were portrayed as "cousins" in the US release of the anime.
The tough-as-nails tomboy in the orange beanie became a queer icon of sorts without even trying. She had a complete disregard for gender stereotypes that lead to her even shedding her first name as a way to stay away from the other Ashleys at school. This is plenty evidence that even as a middle-schooler she was well on her way to a pretty butch high school experience.
While Mr. Smithers was the only "apparent" gay character in The Simpsons, there was always another one, it was just hidden under cigarette smoke. Patty (pictured on the left for those that might get confused) went through a tough romantic love life before finally coming to terms with her sexuality. Which is unfortunate, because that meant she had to marry the homicidal Sideshow Bob at one point.
This one has been on many people's mind for years, and that's not surprising. The original run was a very twisted take on old-school cartoons that bucked every rule of animation. But when it was given another release years later, it got a lot crazier, including the interactions between the two characters (like in this very wild clip).
There is absolutely no way you can look at this Powerpuff villain now as an adult and not question HIM's...everything, really. Creator Craig McCracken pulled off some forward-thinking moves in his girl-power show, but none so outrageous as a genderfluid character as this one. Conservatives were up in arms, but no one could deny that the devil looked fierce.
If you want solid proof that good ol' Spongebob could be considered part of LGBT culture, look no further than the Ukraine. He was banned there for promoting homosexuality. The show's creators consider him asexual, but as a guy that holds hands with his best friend all the time, it might be seen as a bit suspicious.
The biggest creation from one of the most popular '90s cartoons of all time was the Joker's lovable lunatic sidekick. When she went solo and found a kindred spirit in eco-terrorist Poison Ivy, there came the signs of a sapphic connection. Depending if it's been in animation or comics, the level of relationship has been varied, but there's always been something there between the two villains.
You might have only seen this character once as a kid for two reasons. The first, he was only part of a mini-story from a Dexter's Laboratory episode, so it's not something that'll get a lot of play. The second - It's banned everywhere for just how blatantly offensive this openly gay Silver Surfer rip-off was portrayed.