LGBTQ+ representation in the media has gotten slightly better in 2017, but some Disney fans feel like an openly queer princess is long overdue. A petition was created by Twitter users last year with the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, where fans campaigned for the ice queen to have a female love interest in the sequel. And while that would be a huge step for positive representation, it is also worth noting that less than 33% of LGBTQ+ characters on screen are people of color.
In a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Moana directors Ron Clements and John Musker discussed their support for the idea. “It seems like the possibilities are pretty open at this point,” Clements said. Musker also seems to think so, as he added that with the right direction and creative vision, Disney executives would have no problem making it happen. “It would be driven by a director or a directorial team that really wanted to push that,” he explained. “I would say we haven’t ever really had restrictions placed on what we’ve done.”
Disney has been slowly making some progress, featuring a same-sex couple on Good Luck Charlie in 2014, and more recently a character on the hit show Andi Mack came out as gay. But a queer Disney princess would definitely take it one step further, and provide LGBTQ+ Disney fans of all ages with positive role models and visibility.
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