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Pixar Releases First Film With a Gay Lead in Out 


Pixar is coming out for Memorial Day Weekend,

The Disney animation studio released its first film with a gay lead, Out.

Directed and written by Steven Clay Hunter, and "based on a true story," according to an opening title card, Out centers on Greg and his inability to come out to his parents about his relationship with another man, Manuel.

When Greg's parents surprise him on his moving day, Greg tries to hide evidence of his relationship. However, a magical intervention by a pair of fairy god-pets helps nudge him out of the closet.

Out premiered Friday as part of a release of summer content on Disney+ — it is included in Pixar's SparkShorts series. It notably came out on Harvey Milk Day just before the advent of Pride season. Disney also promoted the short prominently on its social media feeds.

Hunter is a longtime animator with Pixar; his credits include A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo, Toy Story 2, and The Incredibles.

Historically, there has been a notable absence of clearly LGBTQ+ characters in Disney children's entertainment. That changed with the release of this year's Onward, in which Lena Waithe voiced a minor lesbian character — much to the outrage of the right-wing group One Million Moms. Past Pixar films have nodded at LGBTQ+ representation with background characters, but this is the first time the story centered on a queer character and theme.

Watch a teaser for Out below and see it in full on Disney+. 

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