Why Do Gay Men Love Disney?!

Time and time again, Disney is dropping the ball ― and sorry Elsa, but I’m not letting it go.
09/11/2017 02:52 pm ET Updated Sep 11, 2017

Okay, but seriously.

Many LGBT people ― and gay men, in particular ― love and adore Disney. It’s almost a cult-like obsession; there are gay-themed Disney vacations, queer Disney proposals and honeymoons galore, and a ridiculous amount of fan-created (and surprisingly hot) same-sex cartoons involving beloved characters.

I understand that corporate Disney is supportive of its LGBT employees. They have a perfect 100 score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index ― and that is something worth celebrating.

But Disney needs to also be measured by the content that they produce. At most, they’ve taken baby steps to depict queer people ― and not in any meaningful way. They throw us breadcrumbs, but not the sandwich.

I get that prominently featuring an out LGBT character would ruffle some feathers. But being progressive sometimes means being courageous ― and doing the right thing, even if it’s not popular.

So why is there so much love for a company that supports us on the corporate level ― but not through their content in a way that could affect real change? I don’t know.

Time and time again, Disney is dropping the ball ― and sorry Elsa, but I’m not letting it go.

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