Bert & Ernie are Gay Couple, Reveals Ex-Sesame Street Writer


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Just as many suspected over the years, Sesame Street characters Bert & Ernie are homosexual.

In an interview with LGBTQ website Queerty, ex Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman revealed of the iconic pair, “I remember one time that a column from The San Francisco Chronicle, a preschooler in the city turned to mom and asked ‘Are Bert and Ernie lovers?’ That coming from a preschooler was fun, and that got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went back to it.”

“And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie they were,” Saltzman told the outlet. “I didn’t have anyway to contextualize them.”


Saltzman also revealed Bert & Ernie bore a resemblance to his own relationship with his partner, acclaimed editor Arnold Glassman.

“The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie and I as ‘Bert & Ernie,’” Glassman said. “I was already with Ernie when I came to Sesame Street. So I don’t think I’d know how else to write them, but as a loving couple…That’s what I had in my life, a Bert & Ernie relationship. How could it not permeate?”


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