Mr. Ratburn from 'Arthur' Comes Out as Gay on 22nd Season Premiere

TOO!! FREAKING!! CUTE!!!                   By Raffy Ermac        @byraffy      
   May 13 2019 2:11 PM EDT

In the episode, which aired on May 13, Jane Lynch voices Mr Ratburn's bossy, uptight sister, Patty, who threatens to turn their kindly teacher into someone the children don't like.

On this week's Arthur season premiere, Arthur and the gang learn that their teacher, Mr. Ratburn, is getting married, which they think is "wrong" because "teachers don't get married!" Good for him! The episode quickly gained traction online among grown "Arthur" fans, eliciting two major reactions: First, who among the non-parents knew PBS was still airing new episodes?

The outlet also reported that Mr. Ratburn isn't the first openly gay character in the "Arthur" universe. Fearing Patty may be who Mr Ratburn is marrying, they plot to break them up. When Mr. Ratburn walks down the aisle, he is arm in arm with a man. Mr. Ratburn is instead marrying a man.

In New York, one Twitter user's post highlighting Mr Ratburn's gay marriage, was "liked" more than 112,000 times in 21 hours.

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Based on the series of books by author Marc Brown, "Arthur" is TV's longest-running children's animated series.

Another person wrote: 'PSA: Mr. Ratburn from "Arthur" is gay.

Praise poured in for the show with even GLAAD, which handles LGBTQ representation in the media, tweeting out its support for the episode.

It's unclear whether Patrick will make another appearance on Arthur, however, it seems likely as Mr. Ratburn's life outside of Lakewood Elementary School has been a recurring character arc throughout the show's 22 seasons.

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