Disney fans are urging the film studio to provide better LGBT representation in their animations… by giving Elsa a girlfriend.
People have been taking to Twitter, with the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, with the hope of persuading Disney to introduce their first gay princess.
Make the LGBT community normalized, even to our kids and stop forcing the hetero-normative. Please Disney #GiveElsaAGirlfriend
— CutieCub (@CutieCubXO) May 3, 2016
#GiveElsaAGirlfriend because little girls watching should know you can be a princess and love another princess
— alyson werner (@punchkinbaby) May 2, 2016
— Annie was queenvives (@bivanessaives) May 1, 2016
#GiveElsaAGirlfriend because 1 in 5 kids are queer, but only 1 in 10 feel safe enough to come out.
— mia (@miaafame) May 1, 2016
#GiveElsaAGirlfriend to show girls that f/f couples get happy endings too
— ✿ libbing ✿ (@templesclaire) May 1, 2016
— elisa (@astronomyhoe) May 1, 2016
A gay Disney princess would have helped me feel so much more normal when I was younger. Representation is important. #GiveElsaAGirlfriend
— jordan (@thejordanthrash) May 1, 2016
It’s a major step that Disney is yet to make, but campaigners say the move towards a more inclusive cast of animated characters would help young people be more accepting of themselves and the LGBT community.
Frozen’s much-anticipated sequel does seem like the logical match. The movie was praised as being progressive, ditching the romance for a relationship between two sisters and opting to eschew the trademark wedding at the end. And it is arguably Disney’s most LGBT-friendly film to date. Elsa’s journey in the first movie has been widely interpreted as a metaphor for coming out, while Oaken is said to be Disney’s most openly gay character.