In 2017, we finally had the chance to see the first openly gay character in a Disney movie, followed by the first storyline about a homosexual teenager on Disney Channel. It is a big step forward, but queer characters have actually been part of Disney’s films since the beginning, and things changed a lot over the years. This is why we are showing you Disney’s Long Complicated History with Gay Characters.
It all started with “Ferdinand the Bull” in 1938. While this feminine character was not necessarily gay, he was clearly part of the LGBT community. Unfortunately, with the Hays Code, people that could be associated with gay stereotypes had to be portrayed as villains, like Captain Hook in “Peter Pan.” But we still had the chance to see a little bit of queerness as Ursula in “The Little Mermaid” was inspired by a drag queen.
It’s in Disney Channel’s “Good Luck Charlie” that we got the chance to see a lesbian couple. Disney even made sure that it was appropriate for children by contacting experts. Unfortunately, not everyone agreed with this decision and some people complained that they shouldn’t show this kind of thing in a kid’s show. It just got worse when Disney featured a gay character in “Beauty and the Beast.”
Stay tuned to hear more about movies and TV shows that are part of Disney’s long complicated history with gay characters in films and TV shows like “Peter Pan,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Zootopia,” “Frozen,” “Good Luck Charlie,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Andi Mack.” How would you like to see more diversity on screen? Make sure you answer in the comments section down below. We love to hear what you think!