Here is a look back at how Walt Disney Television has helped make LGBTQ history on TV: "That Certain Summer" (ABC Movie of the Week, 1972) The … Pride is selfless. With such meager representation, it’s no wonder a legion of fans have felt kinship with Elsa from “Frozen” (2013) and have claimed her as queer because she conveniently has never had an opposite-sex love interest. Our favorite is the new Disney short Out because it's the heartwarming story of a man with a little help from a magical rainbow disco dog and cat finally overcoming his fear and coming out to his parents. Posted on Oct 12, 2019. Disney’s first openly gay character was introduced in the 2017 live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. That’s why we view every news story through the lens of faith. She was a night owl who sent text messages filled with emojis. The Disney Channel animated series The Owl House has taken a major step in making the LGBTQ+ fan-shipping of protagonist Luz and Amity, aka Lumity, officially canon. Officer Specter is voiced by Lena Waithe, who won an Emmy in 2017 for writing a “Master of None” episode inspired by her own coming out experience. Credited as “Grieving Man,” he is played by the movie’s co-director Joe Russo. The Walt Disney Company is bringing bisexuality to its Disney Channel children’s cartoons with the recent revelation that the lead character in the animated series “The Owl House” is a 14-year-old Dominican-American girl who is attracted to both women and men, according to CNN.. ‘It was the only ending for me’: The finale of ‘Promising Young Woman’ explained. Make America California Again? We are committed to delivering quality independent Christian journalism you can trust. Many Californians 65 and older faced frustration and confusion as they tried to get the coronavirus vaccine after the state announced it was opening up vaccinations to older people. In this animation, Orka and Flix run the Office of Acquisitions on the Colossus, with Orka doing the negotiations. And 2017 was also the year Disney made headlines when it aired a cartoon showing gay men kissing. Throughout the month, Nickelodeon was more explicit, featuring various homosexual and lesbian artists. It was a poor consolation prize. There was the much-hyped “exclusively gay moment” in 2017’s live-action “Beauty and the Beast” that ended up being more than a little lackluster: Gaston’s sidekick LeFou, whom the film hints harbors some romantic feelings for the arrogant villain, is briefly shown dancing with another man during the celebration at the end of the movie. She came out proudly as gay in 2018, and in an interview with Teen Vogue, Amanda said, 'I cannot stress enough how important representation is. Tracy Brown is a digital editor and writer working in entertainment for the Los Angeles Times. Raven-Symone never says the word "gay," in the ad, focusing instead on coming "together with all walks of life. Flattening COVID-19 numbers bring hope in California. Kamala Harris says nation will ‘find a moment’ to celebrate inauguration amid pandemic grief, Joanne Rogers, widow of TV’s famed Mister Rogers and concert pianist, dies at 92. Although the portrayals are not always positive, characters like LeFou from Beauty and the Beast and Terkina from Tarzan add a hint of queerness to the storylines of many Disney films. So they traded roles. The married couple will even reportedly share a kiss in the film. Why, and what comes next? Aud Bool on the blog Prezi describes the term: "Coded gay is when a gay stereotype, 'gay behaviors' or 'camp' are used to imply that a character is homosexual while never explicitly stating that they are." REALITY SHOWS AND DOCUSERIES. Disney just cancelled its most LGBTQ-inclusive TV show The show was the Disney Channel's most popular program, so why is it cancelling it? A handful of directors consider the upcoming academy diversity rules and land on a cautiously optimistic outlook, After penning the script, Tom Hanks goes to war on the set of ‘Greyhound’. “Andi Mack” featured Disney Channel’s first coming-out story line, which earned it a GLAAD Media Award in 2018. You’ll see that the Disney XD show “Star v.s. Another Disney show also featured LGBTQ characters: Star Wars Resistance, which aired from 2018 to 2020 on the Disney Channel and Disney XD. Some upcoming Disney titles suggest that at least one arm of the studio is moving in a more inclusive direction. Will Trump’s mishandling of records leave a hole in history? And it’s a disservice to the actual LGBTQ people who have helped Disney’s ascendance as an entertainment powerhouse. Review: ‘Onward’ isn’t one of Pixar’s best animated movies, but it might be its weirdest. Good Luck Charlie was the first-ever Disney Channel show to feature a same-sex couple on screen back in 2014. During June, the Disney Channel itself aired a "pride" ad featuring Raven-Symone who is lesbian. From DCOMs to 5-minute shows, the channel had everything a … In early 2017, Disney XD progressed even more with portrayals of gay love with the cartoon Star Vs. the Forces of Evil and the first showing of a same sex kiss. Few Disney characters are explicitly declared to be gay by the studio or its filmmakers, but viewers have picked up on "gay coding," characters exhibiting traits corresponding with LGBTQ. With President Trump isolated in the White House since the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Vice President Mike Pence increasingly fills the void in their waning days in office. We started to see our first LGBTQ+ characters portrayed in Disney content in 2017 and that visibility continues to grow. This move made Disney’s first … This year was a culmination of LGBTQ … ‘Light at the end of tunnel’ or a small blip? It was ‘just heaven.’, Trump retreats from his job, and Pence fills the void as ‘acting’ president. But “The Rise of Skywalker’s” lesbian kiss was cut for some international markets such as Singapore and the United Arab Emirates, and the scene in “Endgame” was cut from the Russian release. GLAAD’s “Where We Are on TV” report this year notes that the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and queer characters has slightly decreased -- due in … Unless you were living under a rock from the years 1990 to 2010, you know what the Disney Channel is. "Amandla is an actress, artist, and activist who starred in the Hunger Games when she was just 13 years old. The Marvel Cinematic Universe featured its first queer character in 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame” in the form of an unnamed man who appears in one group counseling scene and casually mentions dating men. According to media advocacy group GLAAD, Walt Disney Studios has had the weakest history of LGBTQ inclusion on screen out of all the major film studios the group has been tracking since 2012. And it’s expected that Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie will be looking for her queen in 2021’s “Thor: Love and Thunder.”. Children across the world will feel more comfortable in the body they were assigned at birth. So the concept that I can provide that for other black girls is mind-blowing.'" Disney’s refusal to cut LeFou’s moment in “Beauty and the Beast” led to it being banned in Malaysia. Why some older people are getting the vaccine in Southern California but others are striking out. Flattening COVID-19 numbers bring guarded optimism in California. After extensive research and lots of popcorn, we’re bringing you the ultimate list of the best lesbian TV shows, web series, and mini-series available online and on DVD today. ", "We're in a new age where it's not just black and white anymore," Simone says in the ad. How the ending of ‘One Night in Miami’ re-created a long-lost cultural landmark. June was LGBTQ Pride Month and for the first time, the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon aired ads supporting the LGBTQ agenda to their audience of children. The Disney+ series “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” introduced the franchise’s first gay love story last year. LGBTQ shows on the Netflix streaming service have increased a lot in recent years with a growing number of new series featuring strong gay, bi, lesbian, and trans main characters viewers can relate to and learn from. Disney featured a lesbian character on Doc McStuffins for pre-schoolers two years ago. Best of all, these Netflix series cover a range of genres, finally delivering more representation to romance, drama, comedy, mystery, and sci-fi fans. Russia has reportedly censored Officer Spector’s scene in “Onward” by replacing the word “girlfriend” with “partner.” The film has also reportedly been banned in countries including Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia for the “girlfriend” reference. For now, TV remains the more LGBTQ-inclusive medium, even among cartoons with shows such as “Steven Universe,” “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” and “Arthur” continuing to break ground. Through the everyday adventures of a half-magical alien boy and his growing group of friends, Rebecca Sugar wants to make sure everybody feels seen. Christian Headlines reports one such artist highlighted by Nickelodeon was Amandla Stenberg. It’s a historic moment for Disney, which for years has been called out for its dearth of identifiably LGBTQ characters in its films. It’s difficult to be convinced that any moment is significant if it can be excised from international versions without hurting the story. “Onward” features an openly LGBTQ character and that’s a big deal — for a Disney film. In “Toy Story 4,” two women can be spotted dropping off and later picking up a child together at kindergarten. "We have purple, red, and the entire rainbow. She helps provide digital content for the Arts and Entertainment sections and has also written for the Travel, Books and Image sections. I love being able to come together with all walks of life – all ages, all colors, and celebrating the unity of being our authentic selves. Meaningful inclusion has been just as elusive in Disney’s animated fare. The narrator concludes the ad saying, "We still have a long way to go, but powerful voices like Amandla are helping us become prouder together.". Derived from deconstructing texts from the s traight way of life, queer theory allows audiences to see their favorite characters in a slightly different way, with Disney movies a perfect example of such readings. Also available on most smart TVs and streaming services. Stay informed with the latest from CBN News delivered to your inbox. The Forces Of Evil. Review: Flashback to Lebanon ‘1982,’ for an empathetic look at life with war on the horizon. Comments about the ads on social media were mixed, ranging from outright approval to others saying "no more Nickelodeon"  in their house, and that such ads about sexual orientation did not belong on a children's network. That ad aired Sunday during the broadcast of The Loud House (TV-Y7). Disneyland killed its annual pass program. In fact, Disney is so open to LGBT audiences, that a number of queer theorists have used the Disney canon as a way of queer reading characters. President Trump tried to marginalize California. If you’re looking for something a little longer, take a look through our list of lesbian movies. LGBTQ representation on TV has been advanced through reality shows – both competition and otherwise – and documentaries, even those that aren’t explicitly billed as queer: Netflix’s Cheer is ostensibly a sports doc, but a beautiful portrait of young gay friendship emerges over its six episodes; MTV’s The Real World was a groundbreaker for gay and … That’s Biden’s plan. Stanley Tucci landed a great role in ‘Supernova.’ Then he swapped it with his costar. A pesar de que la serie acaba de terminar su 3ra. In her one scene in “Onward,” Specter does something no other Pixar character has done before: She casually mentions her same-sex relationship. God is everywhere—even in the news. Disney has taken a big step toward LGBTQ+ representation with its first bisexual lead ... shows. Disney has made headlines for promoting LGBTQ elements in programming in the past few years, and Disney even brought an LGBTQ pride event to Disneyland Paris for the first time in its history last year. LGBTQ kids and those growing up with LGBTQ families deserve to see their experiences reflected in family-friendly movies and TV shows too. Disney villains come in all shapes and sizes, but the one they always come back to is the fop. Initially spotted in a trailer, “Finding Dory” includes two women shocked to find an octopus in a stroller. Rebecca Sugar’s commitment to LGBTQ visibility continues to drive ‘Steven Universe’. Hopefully, another animated LGBTQ Disney character will not be far behind — and maybe this time be in more than one scene. Here is what she said the last time we talked. In the most recent episode of Disney Junior's 'Doc McStuffins,' the series' titular character taught important lessons about emergency safety to a same-sex couple, marking the first time that a Disney Junior show has depicted a family with same-sex parents. Help us continue to be a voice for truth in the media by supporting CBN News for as little as $1. Writer Kemp Powers and star Leslie Odom Jr. explain the decision to turn a lost Sam Cooke performance into one of the film’s most resonant, hopeful moments. Disney is one of the world's largest companies in the world and recently has stepped on board and supported the LGBTQ+ community. Meaningful queer representation is important because seeing our lives and realities reflected in television affects how we see ourselves. A Long Beach native, she graduated from UCLA. Candice Bergen squares off against Meryl Streep, and, boy, was it nerve-racking, In ‘Let Them All Talk,’ the veteran actress improvises dialogue, works with Steven Soderbergh and gets into that fight. For Disney, ending the annual pass program might be “a blessing in disguise,” a theme park expert says: Now the company can revamp the program to boost profits. The consensus is ... maybe? © 2021 The Christian Broadcasting Network, Inc., A nonprofit 501 (c)(3) Charitable Organization. Disney Pixar's Onward recently earned credit for finally advancing Disney's quality of LGBT representation, though that representation was still limited to a single character in a short scene who has no onscreen interaction with their same-sex partner. Everybody wants to be treated with respect and it's beautiful. 15 Examples Of LGBT Characters On Kids' Shows, Because Sometimes TV Does Good Things ... Disney Channel … Set on a destroyer, “Greyhound” had its cast “tilting, pitching, leaning, bucking, rolling and rising and falling in amusement park-worthy action,” Hanks writes. By Daniel Villarreal Saturday, April 27, 2019 Disney’s TV shows are frequently more LGBTQ-inclusive than Disney movies. The MCU’s upcoming “The Eternals,” slated for release in November, will feature an openly gay superhero who is married and has a family. But Disney has a pattern of blink-and-you’ll-miss-it LGBTQ moments, and that makes these milestones increasingly difficult to celebrate. Director JJ Abrams hinted at the scene prior to the film’s release after unequivocally shutting down the possibility of romance between two of the sequel trilogy’s central characters — defected Stormtrooper Finn and Resistance pilot Poe. But it takes a lot of hard work, time, and money to do what we do. That’s significant. Tucci and friend Colin Firth were all set to shoot the dementia drama when each felt something wasn’t quite right. Officer Specter, right, in a poster for “Onward.” She is the first openly LGBTQ character in a Pixar movie. The episode featured Susan and Cheryl, who were the moms to … With the LGBTQ community finally getting representation in a Disney feature film. Nadine Labaki is among the cast of ‘1982,’ set during the First Lebanon War. But the company had previously limited this type of "Pride Month" ad to its social media platforms, according to Christian Headlines. Its residents include elves, fairies, centaurs, manticores and at least one queer cyclops. “My girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out,” Specter says to commiserate over the difficulties of being a stepparent. But there is yet to be an openly gay main Disney character. Disney-owned ABC’s prime-time fairy-tale drama Once Upon a Time featured a lesbian relationship last year. Pride to me is strength. For now, TV remains the more LGBTQ-inclusive medium, even among cartoons with shows such as “Steven Universe,” “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power” and “Arthur” … Vista L.A. Newsmakers LAFF ... arts & entertainment lgbtq television disney disney … The “Star Wars” saga followed with its first openly LGBTQ moment in 2019’s “The Rise of Skywalker” by briefly showing two women kissing as the Resistance celebrated its victory. Although the studio has moved away from queer-coding its villains, LGBTQ characters are often visible only to fans with keen eyes. My friendship — and last phone call — with Joanne Rogers, widow of Mister Rogers. And though the upcoming “Love, Simon” spinoff “Love, Victor” has been moved from Disney+ to the more adult-oriented Hulu, the decision is reportedly due to its “general sexual exploration” and not for its LGBTQ content. Chris Pratt and Tom Holland play elf brothers on a fantasy quest in Pixar’s lovingly crafted 22nd animated feature. While LGBTQ+ characters appeared in shows such as The Grim Adventures of Billy & … Among recent films, possible lesbian couples were spotted in the background of “Toy Story 4” (2019) and “Finding Dory” (2016). Disney+ Takes LGBTQ Agenda to Next Level: 'High School Musical: The Series' Adds Teen Gay Romance Disney Will Host its First Ever LGBTQ Pride Parade Submitted by escamp on August 31, 2015 - … Directed by Dan Scanlon, the Pixar production that opened this past weekend is set in a fantasy world where magic has become obsolete. Will Oscars’ new inclusion standards have an impact? Pride is friends, family. He failed. ‘Light at the end of tunnel’ or a small blip? At a time when audiences are seeing increasingly meaningful queer representation in family-friendly TV shows, the tiny moments in Disney films are especially exasperating because they almost appear to be erasable by design. For the first time in the network’s history, the Disney Channel will feature a LGBTQ storyline in one of its TV shows. It was only a matter of time. Specter is the first character in any animated Disney film to openly acknowledge being queer in a line of dialogue. In the past, they have turned down ideas of gay characters, like Elsa, and even moved shows with gay characters, like Love, Victor, to Hulu and other streaming networks because it wouldn't promote 'family-friendly' content. Disney has always had queer-coded characters. Jeff Bridges got great news about his cancer battle — but the timing wasn’t so great, Jeff Bridges says his tumor has “drastically shrunk.” But the news came the day of the Capitol riot. "Enchanting Grom Fright," the latest episode of The Owl House , concluded with the revelation that Amity planned to ask Luz to be her date to the school's Grom, Hexside's version of prom. Certainly a Disney movie has never included the level of representation that The New Mutants is implied to have. “To see our country attacking itself broke my heart.”. Disney’s LGBTQ+ erasure sticks out like a sore, straight, cis thumb, and unless it does something to fix the problem, the platform is going to look like it’s stuck in the early 2000s. Pride is you.". Help us continue to be a voice for truth in the media by supporting CBN News for as little as $1. 64 Lesbian TV Shows. 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