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Could Frozen's Elsa Be the First Disney Princess With a Girlfriend?

Could Frozen's Elsa Be the First Disney Princess With a Girlfriend?

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There's been a push to #GiveElsaAGirlfriend, and the writer of the sequel is open to it. 

Frozen's Elsa already changed the game for young girls as a princess who doesn't seek the love and validation of a man but rather focuses on the relationship with her sister Anna. Since Elsa is already a beacon for girls with agency, the hope that she could break down other barriers and become Disney's first queer princess has taken root. And the writer of Frozen's sequel is not opposed to the idea.

Following an interview with sequel's writer, Jennifer Lee (who just penned the screenplay for A Wrinkle in Time), who addressed the question of whether she would consider writing in a girlfriend for Elsa in the next film, the 2016 hashtag "#GiveElsaAGirlfriend" began to gain steam again on Twitter.

"I love everything people are saying [and] people are thinking about with our film -- that it's creating dialogue, that Elsa is this wonderful character that speaks to so many people," Lee told HuffPost.

Disney films have had a couple of glimmers of queerness in the past with the character of LeFou in the 2017 Beauty and the Beastand with speculation that Finding Dory (2016) may have featured a lesbian couple in one scene. But giving Elsa a girlfriend would be a bold move for the family-friendly entertainment giant, although not entirely out of the question considering that the Disney Channel introduced a gay supporting character in the series Andi Mack in late 2017.

"Where we're going with it, we have tons of conversations about it, and we're really conscientious about these things. For me ... Elsa's every day telling me where she needs to go, and she'll continue to tell us," Lee told HuffPost about conversations around Elsa's possible queerness. "I always write from character-out, and where Elsa is and what Elsa's doing in her life, she's telling me every day. We'll see where we go."

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