6 Awesome Gay Characters in Some of Your Favorite Disney Movies
LGBTQ+ characters are on the rise in Disney productions. The Beauty and the Beast live-action remake even announced that it would feature a gay character before the movie’s release! Though there was a lot of backlash (SMH), there was also a lot of support (as there should be). In multiple interviews the creators have all said they stand by their decision and even predicted that they expect Disney to feature a lot more LGBT characters in upcoming projects. Times are a’changin’, people!
LeFou may have been the first Disney-film character who was openly gay, but he definitely isn’t the first member of the LGBTQ community that Disney ever created. We decided to take a look back at some earlier movies (mostly animations) that most likely featured a gay character (or two!!) in the gallery below:
LeFou in Beauty and the Beast
When it was announced that LeFou was going to be gay in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, there was major backlash. While the character never specifically says he likes boys during the film, director Bill Condon confirmed it in multiple interviews. He explained, "By representing same-sex attraction in this short but explicitly gay scene, the studio is sending out a message that this is normal and natural."
After realizing that some people were (disgustingly) disgusted that the new film featured a member of the LGBTQ community, Bill spoke out again and said the whole situation was blown out of proportion. He stands by his decision to make LeFou gay and we stand by him, too!