Disney-Pixar has revealed that the company's first-ever animated LGBTQ character will feature in the forthcoming film, Onward. Onward stars a lesbian, cyclops cop named Officer Spencer played by Lena Waithe who appears in one scene in the film.
Kori Rae, a producer of the film, told Yahoo Entertainment that Officer Specter's LGBTQ identity came about organically.
"The scene, after we wrote it, was sort of becoming and it opens up the world a little bit bit, and that is what we needed", she mentioned. They promise that the character is "handled almost matter-of-factly within the film itself" and say that "it's a contemporary fantasy world and we need to signify the fashionable world".
Holland and Pratt play elves in the upcoming film with the plot revolving around their attempts to resurrect their late father for 24 hours. They initially fool her as they talk about his girlfriends' kids and what's it's like being the new guy and she sympathizes.
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"My girlfriend's daughter got me pulling my hair out", she says.
The film is scheduled to hit the theatres on March 6, 2020. However, Officer Specter represents a historic moment for Disney, as she's the first animated character who, through dialogue, identifies as LGBTQ.
Lena Waithe also shared her excitement with being Disney's first openly gay character, by sharing a new snippet on her Insatgram to her 840k followers, simply captioning it with the rainbow emoji. In "Finding Dory", they showed a lesbian couple pushing a stroller.
And in last year's Toy Story 4, two women can be seen dropping a child off at kindergarten, but filmmaker Josh Cooley refused to confirm the speculation. Hopefully, Disney will realize that these characters deserve leading roles and develop larger storylines for them.