The Dutch version of the Donald Duck comic books will feature its first lesbian character, thanks to the campaigning of a 10-year-old-girl.
The girl, Fenna, appeared on a popular children’s TV news show called, Jeugdjournaal last week. The show airs on national broadcaster, NOS. On the show she raised the issue of the lack of same-sex attracted characters in the Donald Duck comics.
‘There are no gays or lesbians in Donald Duck. I’ve checked them all,’ she said.
Fenna was worried about the lack of representation of same-sex couples because she has two mothers and two fathers.
‘My parents are gay and lesbian and I think it’s important that that’s just as normal. But in Duck City it’s as if they don’t exist at all,’ Fenna said on the show.
The 10-year-old said existing characters didn’t need to come out, but maybe LGBTI characters could be added to the comics in the future.
‘Just the characters in the background. You see lots of couples, a few of those extras could be gay,’ Fenna suggested.
‘It’s not in the minds of the illustrators. That’s a bit ridiculous, really.’
After hearing Fenna’s pleas, the comic’s editor showed NOS an updated panel of a forthcoming edition. It showed a female couple sitting in a restaurant with love hearts drawn over them.