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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving With Animation's Oldest Gay Couple

Happening Out Television Network

There’s a reason that the Peanuts gang and all the Charlie Brown animated TV specials still capture an audience after more than 70 years: the characters capture humor with heart. Take, for example, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving the 1973 animated special that followed the titular, long-suffering kid trying to wrangle his social circle through Thanksgiving at his grandmother’s house. In short order, Charlie Brown must play host for his pals Lucy, Linus, Franklin, Peppermint Patty, Marcie, his sister Sally, and of course, his dog Snoopy and feathered friend Woodstock. Of course, Peanuts and its subsequent animated specials also proved far ahead of their time in terms of including coded queer characters: Marcie and Peppermint Patty. Charles Schultz created and modeled Marcie on lesbian tennis player Billie Jean King, and even as early as the 1970s, the overt slave/master relationship of Marcie & Patty raised more than a few eyebrows. Of course, for we queers, we always knew what was really going on.