Huge news coming out of Hollywood- the animated film Onward feature’s Disney’s very first openly gay character!
The new Disney-Pixar movie is set to launch March 6th, 2020 (just weeks away!).
Keep reading to learn more about this truly historic moment for LGBTQ+ couples in the movie world.
Disney’s First Openly Gay Character
We are talking, of course, about Officer Specter, voiced by lesbian actress and screenwriter Lena Waithe.
The purple cyclops clearly states “My girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my own hair out” after she pulled over a driver, according to Yahoo.com.
According to the trailer (which you can see below), the movie will be quest oriented. The protagonists of the movies are the two brothers, Ian, voiced by Tom Holland and Barley, voiced by Chris Pratt.
When the youngest turns sixteen, their mother gives them an ancient staff, which could bring their father back for one day.
Of course, something hilarious has to happen. As they proceed to cast the spell something goes terribly wrong and they end up with only half their father. They now have 24 hours to bring him back whole.
Although throughout the time we seen many gay references in the Disney movies, such as Le Fou (Beauty and the Beast), Officer Specter is the first to have an open LGBT relationship and the things are pretty clear about it.
In the interview for Yahoo.com, Kori Rae, who also produced Monster’s University and The Incredibles, stated about Lena Waithe:
She’s an amazing actress and writer — I think we improvised for about an hour for a small part.
The world starts moving and it’s going in the right direction.
The giants in the industry definitely found their way, starting with The Eternals, featuring the first gay kiss in a Marvel movie and now Disney with an open LGBT relationship.
What does this mean for gay couples?
You know how it goes? First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage! Well, finally, that baby has a chance to grow up seeing their parents represented in popular children’s movies.
While Hulu broke ground with its first animated series for kids featuring gay dads let’s be honest- Hulu may be owned by Disney, but it isn’t exactly “mass media.”
Kids deserve to see their families represented on the big screen as well.
Yes, Disney still has a very long way to go (a single line is a good start, but definitely not what one would call equal representation). However, it is just that, a start.
We hope Disney/Pixar continue “Onward” in bringing more LGBT characters to the screen!