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Dear Disney...

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!

Dear Disney,

 

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.

 

Sincerely,

India

 

 

 

 

14 comments

bookwithbane

I heard rumours that they're thinking of making Elsa lesbian.

29th Jun, 18
indiaaqua

Ooooooooooooooooo. But was it in the first movie? Is it canon and official? Has it been announced in a movie?

Also is there a sequel to Frozen... have I missed this momentous occasion...

29th Jun, 18
bookwithbane

In reply to indiaaqua

Yes there are plans for a Frozen Two. As I said it's a rumour. The LGBQTI+ community and allies alike are campaigning for it. Idina Menzel(Elsa's voice actor) said she supports the idea. And the director said they are thinking about it. Google for more info! https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/frozen-director-elsa-girlfriend_us_5a9388c5e4b01e9e56bd1ead, here's a link to get you started

29th Jun, 18
indiaaqua

In reply to bookwithbane

AH AH AH AH AH AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH *hyperventilating* AH AH AH AH AH AH YESSSSSSSSS

BUT THIS MAKES MY LETTER PRETTY MUCH WORTHLESSSSSSSSS oh well

29th Jun, 18
bookwithbane

In reply to indiaaqua

It's the thought that counts. Also it will help sway the decision a tinnny bit

29th Jun, 18
indiaaqua

In reply to bookwithbane

Yay ?

29th Jun, 18
dolphinkick

I agree with you... even if they’re doing it... I grew up believing (don’t shoot me) that you could only like boys if you were a girl and only like girls if your a boy and the sameish when it came to gender... if I grew up watching movies where it’s accepted and where it happens that would have been amazing! Aaand I think that if a Disney Princess was bi and they didn’t make a HUGE deal of it would be nice. Like I’ve seen so many things about being LGBTQ+ being a huge deal, so one I realised that I was bi, I freaked thinking that it was a huge deal... sorry if I’ve been offensive I only have one LGBTQ+ friend and we’re both new to the community

15th Feb, 19
indiaaqua

It's fine, you don't need to apologise for anything. A lot of people were raised that way (including me) so it really scared me when I realised I was pan because I thought that the world was against me and would make a huge deal (as you've brought up). Isn't THE MOST annoying lgbt+ movie or book thing when they make everything about the sexuality?? Like thanks, but we lgbt+ folk have more to our lives than our love interests. You haven't offended me, don't worry :)

16th Feb, 19
dolphinkick

In reply to indiaaqua

ok good I didn’t want to... I’ve slowly been coming out myself as in to my friends I already told my parents. Something I’m finding strange is tat my friends are thinking I’m bi before Itell them... ok it’s not that strange but yeah...

3w ago
indiaaqua

In reply to dolphinkick

Lol I think that means you have perceptive friends you lucky duck

3w ago
charlie

just try and tell me elsa and merida aren't dating

3w ago
indiaaqua

Elsa and Merida aren’t dating ;)

2w ago
charlie

In reply to indiaaqua

;-;

2w ago
indiaaqua

In reply to charlie

I’M SORRY

2w ago