Diversity does matter. It improves shows by exposing people to different kinds of thought and can encourage the writers to expand beyond just token caricatures.
If I can't like something because some other group (that isn't trying to directly harm me and my family) is included, I would have to consider whether I have a problem.>>98680875
Or you end up relating to a greater number of people in a positive, community-building fashion.
Most of the volunteer groups I've participated in during my life have benefited from having a diverse group in terms of not only sexuality, but age, race and religious belief. Does everybody get along perfectly? No; but generally if you set up a good dialogue and basic set of polite rules, and everybody is working towards a common goal (like helping the homeless, kids, or people who are ill) you can get a community to really come together to learn about one another, reducing fear and hatred rooted in ignorance of something or somebody outside of an individuals routine daily experience.>>98681077>>98681105
One of the great things about Steven Universe is that the traditional relationships aren't portrayed as some oppositional force, the show recognizes a lot of different forms of love and tries to show positive and negative relationships of many different stripes in a way that I really appreciate.