Recently I had a thought: Why are there no lgbt+ Disney princesses? So I decided to do something about it, in the form of the following letter. Enjoy, and if you feel for this cause, tell me!
Hello. I am a twelve-year-old girl wanting to address a major issue in your films. Although I love Disney movies (favourite is definitely Frozen), they are missing a factor that could make them so much better; every Disney princess’ love lives are stereotypical straight marriages. There are no lesbian, trans, queer, or gender fluid Disney princesses- ridiculous considering that the only criteria needed to be an official Disney princess is to be royal or marry royal, in an animated Disney film, be a box office hit, be human or half-human, be the main character and not be introduced in a sequel. Here is why you should at least consider a queer Disney princess.
Disney is meant to embrace love and accept everybody for who they are. Missing queer princesses are defying that moto. Since when did accepting people include completely forgetting anyone who wasn’t a straight female stereotype? Google says that acceptance means “the process or fact of being received as adequate, valid, or suitable.” That sounds like something Disney would want foreverybody, but apparently not.
You’d have one of the first films for kids where a) the princess’s sexuality is confirmed as not straight, or their gender is not confirmed as female instead of hinted at or portrayed as an easter egg, and b) they’d actually be the main character, not just some background character who blends in with the rest of the townsfolk- with their sexuality and/ or gender brought up in a spotlight. I think anyone growing up and struggling to understand who they really are would love that film- I know I certainly would. It wouldn’t even just appeal to kids! I reckon almost anyone would want to watch the Disney film different from the rest. Any age, any gender, any sexuality.
Disney sets examples, from children dressing up as Cinderella to people sponsoring Disneyland. The example of acceptance is one of the most important, I find. One child seeing the film can be inspired to accept others for who they are and not try to change. If you inspire one child, that can improve their entire life. And with the number of people who watch Disney films, you’d set the positive examples for thousands of children around the world. Inspire thousands around the world. Your film could even save a child from depression or worse if they’re having sexuality/gender crisis. Think about that.
Even if you do decide to make a film about a bisexual Disney princess, don’t make the whole thing about being bi. Don’t make a plot about being bullied because they are part of the lgbt+ community. Just… have it as partof the plot. The last thing anyone wants is a cheesyfilm about two same-sex lovers. Here’s an example: a price and a princess are in an arranged marriage, but the princess is gay and runs off and marries another gay princess. What an excellent plot, huh?
You’d make everyone in the lgbt+ community happy knowing that children are being shown that accepting who you are is okay, and loving whoever you want is okay.
Please consider these reasons. I know that if I’d seen a Disney film about an lgbt+ Disney princess, I wouldn’t have struggled growing up as much as I did.