Hey, Disney – We Want More LGBT+ Characters!
We reckon things are about to change.
A petition is flying around asking Star Wars producers to introduce an LGBT+ character into movie franchise.
It was started by Joshua Yehl, after his close friend Drew Leinonen was among the 49 people shot dead at Orlando nightclub Pulse last month, along with his boyfriend, Juan Ramon Guerrero. Drew was a massive Star Wars fan, and so Joshua set up the campaign as a tribute to him.
This isn’t the first time the public has spoken out about introducing more gay characters to Disney films. As the potential for a gay Star Wars character, Twitter is buzzing with predictions for the next Frozen film, and a new possible love interest for Elsa.
The Elsa excitement all kicked off when 17-year-old writer Alexis Isabel tweeted, “I hope Disney makes Elsa a lesbian princess imagine how iconic that would be” and followed up with, “Dear @Disney, #GiveElsaAGirlfriend” which has since been retweeted over TWO THOUSAND times, with the hashtag trending worldwide.
And why not? She didn’t appear to be interested in any male characters in Frozen 1 after all…
Movies are still lacking LGBT+ characters in general, but Disney in particular has come under the firing line from GLAAD (the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Discrimination) for having a very bad history of excluding LGBT+ characters from plot lines.
We reckon things are about to change. Think about it; heroines have turned from helpless to arse-kicking (remember when Sleeping Beauty lay in bed for like a whole movie, with perfectly coiffed hair?) and characters’ ethnicities have become so much more diverse over the years. This has to be the next step.
So what do we think about LGBT+ characters getting in on the action? It’s a fab idea. Showing children that love comes in all shapes and sizes and that you shouldn’t be ashamed of who you fall for is a vital message, both for those struggling with their own sexuality, as well as for those who never will.
Either way, seeing different types of sexualities earlier on will lead to a better understanding later in life. And a bit of understanding goes a long way.
It’s about time that movies started representing the real world. And hey, while we’re at it, we’re also on the lookout for animated female characters whose waists aren’t basically the same size as their necks?
As Elsa would say - let it go. Let all those stereotypes go, Disney. Let’s expose children to a realistic world where not all couples are heterosexual... (although let’s keep all the magical singing snowmen and shiz).