Parents Outraged Over An American Girl Doll’s Lesbian Aunts

The American Girl Doll brand has caused controversy by doing what anti-LGBTQ people find unthinkable: introducing a doll with LGBTQ family members.

The Mattel-owned imprint created a backstory for its 2021 Girl of the Year Doll, Kira Bailey, who is 10-years-old and has visited her two married aunts in Australia. The same-sex couple also owns a wildlife sanctuary, but it was their fictional relationship that had American Girl fans wildly upset.

A TikTok by American Girl Doll collector Rebecca Nachman reviewed the controversy, which grew quickly in combination with the fact that American Girl is publishing an anti-racism children’s book, featuring dolls of color.

The book, Kira Down Under, that accompanies Kira for doll collectors, explains that once she visits her aunts, who were married “after the law was changed to allow it,” referring to the 2017 decision to legalize marriage equality in Australia.