In an effort to boost LGBT representation in Disney movies, Twitter users have started a campaign to make Frozen’s Elsa the studio’s first ever LGBT Princess. While the movie was seen by many as one of Disney’s most progressive, LGBT-friendly films of all time — with Jonathan Groff as the first openly gay actor to play the protagonist’s love interest in an animated Disney film, and the storyline of Elsa “accepting” her powers widely interpreted as a metaphor for coming out — Twitter users are asking the movie studio to take things one step further in the upcoming sequel, with the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend.
Twitter user bivanessaives tweeted: “Love is an open door. That door should be open to everyone, not just straight people. #GiveElsaAGirlfriend @Disney@DisneyPixar”, and Octavia Blake wrote: #GiveElsaAGirlfriend normalising a f/f relationship will help queer young kids accept & understand their sexuality, that rep is so important.”
#GiveElsaAGirlfriend because 1 in 5 kids are queer, but only 1 in 10 feel safe enough to come out.
— mia (@miaruix) May 1, 2016
— A 🌈❤ 🐉 #SaveNetNeutrality (@nerdygaylaura) May 1, 2016
A gay Disney princess would have helped me feel so much more normal when I was younger. Representation is important. #GiveElsaAGirlfriend
— jor (@thejordanthrash) May 1, 2016
The studio hasn’t officially responded to these calls, but there is some precedent for it: Once Upon a Time (a show that runs on the ABC network, owned by Disney), a modern take on classic fairy tales, has included several gay characters.
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