Disney fans are taking to Twitter with the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend to demand that the company provide better representation of the LGBT community in their films, and that they should make a start by giving the star of 2013 film Frozen, Elsa, a girlfriend in the film’s upcoming sequel.
People are suggesting there is no better candidate for the LGBT honour than Elsa (pictured, right), whose own journey of acceptance with her powers has widely been interpreted as a metaphor for coming out.
Many people in the LGBT community identify with the character, who feels unaccepted because of her powers (read: her sexuality) and hides away in her room and ice castle (read: the closet) until she finally accepts who she is and comes out to save her sister.
Elsa’s big, empowering musical number “Let it Go” has also become something of a gay anthem since the original film’s 2013 release.
#GiveElsaAGirlfriend because LGBT kids deserve to know that there is nothing wrong with them💛💛💛💛💛
— jeffrey marsh (@thejeffreymarsh) May 1, 2016
— Isabella Lynch (@ThatCoolFriend) May 1, 2016
Given that Frozen was one giant metaphor for the closet, to #GiveElsaAGirlfriend is just logical. More LGBT representation is a great idea.
— Kenneth Sergienko (@KenSergienko) May 1, 2016
— khaleesi (@thelibrawitch) May 1, 2016
When announcing the sequel last year, Frozen’s director Chris Buck said, “We will tackle other issues that are out there that boys and girls, men and women, are dealing with. We are very aware of what is happening in society and I don’t think any of us take them lightly.
“Even though our movies can be very funny and entertaining, we cannot underestimate the messages that they have and the influence they can have on young people.”