That actually still implies. It's thing Hasbro does called "Cross-Pollination" where popular ideas and concepts from one work gets adopted in future works and retconned into older ones. It's not talked about much in most cartoons cuz their primary audiences are still children to sell toys to and that romance and gender talks aren't the subject. Though Knock Out from _Prime_ was always implied to be "gay" and Acid Storm and Skywarp in Cyberverse w
as genderbent into female characters.