'Frozen' Fans Want Elsa To Be First LGBT Disney Princess


Fans of the animated Disney movie "Frozen" have launched an Internet campaign asking the studio to make Elsa the Snow Queen, a central character in the film, the first openly gay Disney princess.

Social media users who saw the 2013 blockbuster are asking Disney to establish Elsa's LGBT identity in the movie's upcoming sequel by giving her a girlfriend, Uproxx reported.

The campaign has taken place largely on Twitter using the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend. Participants in the campaign have tweeted messages urging Disney to recognize Elsa's sexuality using clever spins on quotes and songs from the movie, as well as statistics explaining the positive impact of an LGBT Disney character on young children.

"#GiveElsaAGirlfriend because 1 in 5 kids are queer, but only 1 in 10 feel safe enough to come out," one Twitter user wrote.

"Love is an open door," another poster tweeted in reference to a song from the movie. "That door should be open to everyone, not just straight people."

"[Normalizing] a f/f relationship will help queer young kids accept & understand their sexuality, that rep is so important," yet another Twitter user commented.  

Hailed as one of Disney's most progressive animated features, the movie "Frozen" celebrated women and the love between two sisters. The film also focused on Elsa's journey to accept her magical powers and identity, which many fans have interpreted as a metaphor for coming to terms with one's sexual orientation.

The film has already achieved other important LGBT milestones, according to the Independent.

Jonathan Groff, the voice actor who plays Kristoff the mountaineer in the film, is the first openly gay actor to play the protagonist's love interest in a Disney animated production. In the movie, Kristoff is the love interest of Elsa's sister Anna, who is the film's main character. 

Another character in the movie, Oaken, was revealed to be gay in the original film when what appears to be his husband and children appear in a brief scene in the movie.

In March 2015 Disney officially announced plans to make a sequel, "Frozen 2," Variety reported at the time. The original movie garnered nearly $1.3 billion in box office revenue since its Nov. 22, 2013 release.

Sources: Uproxx, Independent, Variety / Photo credit: Independent

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