Elmo and Big Bird are getting a new neighbor on Sesame Street: Julia, a muppet with autism. The character was introduced in 2015 in an online-only digital storybook, and she continues with the show’s social-impact program, Sesame Street and Autism. Now Julia will make her debut on the show — live and in the felt — beginning in April.
Blogger Nicolette Mason Talks Queer Fashion on New PBS Show “First Person” The last few years have seen an increase in the visibility of LGBTQ issues: TV shows like Orange Is the New Black, Brooklyn 99, and movies like The Imitation Game, have brought a wide array of gay, lesbian and trans characters with funny, poignant and relatable stories to the screen—regardless of your background. Fashion in particular, has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to sexuality. Trans models like Lea T, Andreja Pejic, and Hari Nef regularly walk runways, land ad campaigns, and star in high fashion editorials. With the notable exception of Hood by Air, androgyny (at least in fashion) has come to mean women in Le Smoking suits and men in kilts. On this week’s episode of First Person, a new PBS digital series with a focus on exploring gender and sexual identity, writers Nicolette Mason, Arabelle Sicardi and Rae Tutera, sat down to discuss some of the ways that their identities shape their approach to getting dressed, and some of the issues that brings up. Mason, for example, explains how when she was younger, she thought she needed to wear more “tomboy” or “unisex” clothes, in order to fit in with her “queer identity,” which was not true to her preference for stereotypically feminine clothes.