Disney's First Gay Character

Disney's First Gay Character

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Disney's First Gay Character is a joke cycle about the cliché where media outlets repeatedly announce that a new Disney property will feature their "first (openly) gay character." The memes began after Disney promised an "exclusively gay moment" in the 2017 Beauty and the Beast adaptation, and continued through the year 2022 after several films included brief appearances by implicitly gay characters.


In early 2017, discussions about Disney's 2017 remake of Beauty and the Beast having an "exclusively gay moment" began to circulate. On Feb 28th, 2017, Twitter[1] account @playbill posted a tweet referencing a now deleted[2] Attitude Magazine interview with the film's director Bill Condon where he says, "But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie." The quote is in reference to LeFou's feelings toward Gaston, and @playbill's tweet gathered over 400 likes in five years (seen below). The interview received a response from Ben Shapiro shunning the movie.[3]

Playbill P @playbill Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast will have first-ever gay moment playbill.com/article/disney... 11:35 PM. Feb 28, 2017 Twitter Web Client ⠀ Phat

On March 4th, 2017 Twitter[4] user @hatemasterhugo posted a meme in response to the aforementioned news, gathering over 11,000 likes in nearly five years (seen below, left). On March 18th, Twitter[5] user @anakinsvywalker posted a meme as well, gathering over 13,000 likes in nearly five years (seen below, right).

Bobbie Breakset @hatemasterhugo You're complaining about Disney first gay kiss. Meanwhile, I grew up watching 2 homoerotic devil characters and didn't bat an eye. 9:04 AM - Mar 4, 2017. Twitter for Android 9,712 Retweets 547 Quote Tweets 11.7K Likes hayley @anakinsvywalker We all know Disney's first gay character was bisexual legend Captain Li Shang 2:52 PM. Mar 18, 2017 Twitter for iPhone 8,415 Retweets 388 Quote Tweets 13K Likes ⠀


Disney continued to announce various "first openly gay characters" in consecutive years, often with little to no impact to the plot of the story. In 2016, Zootopia and Finding Dory both had brief cameos from a supposedly gay[6] (see below, left) and lesbian (see below, right) couple.


Disney had more implicitly unnamed gay character appearances in later movies, including a man grieving the loss of his husband in the "snap" in Avengers: Endgame, and an unnamed lesbian couple comforting their child in the background of a scene in Toy Story 4. However, Disney's first named gay character was Specter, a lesbian cyclops police officer in the 2020 film Onward. At this point, people began noticing the repetitive trend of Disney announcing their "first" gay characters.

On February 21st, 2020, Twitter[7] user @renazyk posted a tweet noting this fact, gathering over 70,000 likes in nearly two years (seen below.)

hawk @renazyk How many "first openly gay" characters has Disney made already? Fandom @getFANDOM. Feb 21, 2020 Lena Waithe will voice Disney's first openly-LGBTQ animated character in #Onward - 'It's a modern fantasy world and we want to represent the modern world' (via @YahooEnt | yhoo.it/2wCKLHI) Сс AM 3:33 PM. Feb 21, 2020. Twitter for iPhone

On March 29th, 2020, Redditor[8] tillersaurus posted a meme about Disney's "first" gay characters to /r/starterpacks, gathering over 34,000 upvotes in over two years (seen below).

no main characters ^ definitely not gay not openly gay but heavily implied as to not upset anyone but still earn woke points keep that s--- in the background quick cut to Oaken's ambiguously gay husband in steam room explicitly gay dialogue relegated to throw away lines that can be dubbed over for china and russia ??? stereotypical lesbian haircut

In early 2020, the Tumblr page urfaveisdisneysfirstgaycharacter began posting fan requested images announcing random characters as Disney's first gay characters. [9]

In 2021, discussions about the film Cruella featuring the first openly gay Disney character began to circulate. On May 22nd, 2021, Twitter[10] user @medusawife posted a tweet about the news, gathering over 25,000 likes in over a year (seen below).

nova @medusawife new first gay disney character just dropped Instinct Magazine @instinctmag. May 22, 2021 First Out Gay Character In Disney History Reportedly In 'Cruella' dlvr.it/SOBhhW #ComingOut #cruella #DisneyFans #EmmaStone #GayCharacters 2:01 PM - May 22, 2021. Twitter for iPhone ***

In 2022, Disney revealed their first "openly gay teenage character," in the 2022 film Strange World . This unleashed another wave of reactions to Disney's new "first" gay character. On November 20th, Twitter[11] user @Trey_Explainer posted a tweet featuring a redraw of the past Avatar line-up scene from Avatar: The Last Airbender gathering over 200,000 likes in three days (seen below).

Trey the Explainer @Trey_Explainer I spent way too much time on this You will be the next "First Openly Gay Disney Character" 8:55 PM - Nov 20, 2022. Twitter Web App

Various Examples

tim wwww Who are you? O Disney's first gay character Do you have the slightest idea how little that narrows it down? WALT DISNEY PICTURES le istration This is our first LGBT character! HEALTH DIET nickelodeonkids tumblr.com Disney... this is the 7th week in a row you've shown your first LGBT character in class. disney's first gay character Run took a beating from the Hulk + staff powers alternate version of the guy who took a beating of the Hulk have powers cartoon shenanigans trained cops/soldiers random bitches ldk TIERMAKER "You're Disney's first openly gay character, he's Disney's first openly gay character, he's Disney's first openly gay character! I'M DISNEY'S FIRST OPENLY GAY CHARACTER!" "Are there any other 'Disney's first openly gay characters' I should know about?" Jack Whitehall to play Disney's first 'openly gay' character After all these years Pixar's 'Onward' Introduces Plays Disney's First-Ever Gay Disney's First Openly Gay Character w Beauty and the Beast: Josh Ga Disney's First Out Gay Character Cruella Reportedly Features Character BEYLER Christian Bone Finally, I have them all 5 days ago

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External References

[1] Twitter – playbill

[2] Attitude – Beauty and the Beast Disney History

[3] Twitter – benshapiro

[4]  Twitter – hatemasterhugo

[5] Twitter – anakinsvywalker

[6] Twitter – thejaredbush

[7] Twitter – renazyk

[8] Reddit – /r/starterpacks

[9] Tumblr – Ur Fave Is Disney's First Gay Character

[10] Twitter – medusawife

[11] Twitter – Trey_Explainer

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