For a long time Frozen fans have been shipping a potential lesbian romance for lead character Elsa.
The #GiveElsaAGirlfriend went viral in 2016 as fans all over the world called on Disney to pair the princess up with a female love interest in the movie’s sequel. Petitions to Disney to make Elsa gay got thousands of signatures.
But now fans are in a frenzy after Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee’s recent comments. She said the film’s creative team was ‘conscientious’ of the conversations happening around Elsa’s sexuality.
‘I love everything people are saying [and] people are thinking about with our film ― that it’s creating dialogue, that Elsa is this wonderful character that speaks to so many people,’ Lee told Huffington Post.
‘Where we’re going with it, we have tons of conversations about it, and we’re really conscientious about these things.
‘For me … Elsa’s every day telling me where she needs to go, and she’ll continue to tell us.
‘I always write from character-out, and where Elsa is and what Elsa’s doing in her life, she’s telling me every day. We’ll see where we go.’
If Elsa gets a girlfriend I will be the first one in the country to be in line to the damn #frozen sequel
— Alex K 🏳️🌈✡ (@boyzfornow) February 26, 2018
Not the only gay in the village
Frozen 2 is due to be released in cinemas in 2019 and could follow in a line of slowly increasing LGBTI visibility in Disney movies.
In the first Frozen film a lot of people thought the innkeeper was a possible gay character, as well many other ‘coded’ gay characters in the Disney canon.
Disney had its first ‘exclusively gay moment’ in last year’s live action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Gaston’s manservant, LeFou, was shown struggling with his sexuality and his feelings for ultra-macho leading man Gaston.
In Disney XD’s Star vs the Forces of Evil, there were numerous same-sex kisses in a recent episode.
Hunchback of Notre Dame 2 also has a gay couple in Djali the goat and Hugo the gargoyle.