"Beauty and the Beast" Will Feature Disney's First Openly Gay Character
A monumental step forward for LGBTQ visibility.
Just when you thought Beauty and the Beast couldn’t get more buzzy, the film’s director Bill Condon has just unveiled that the movie will feature Disney’s first-ever openly gay character. To be specific, Gaston’s sidekick LeFou (played by Josh Gad) will have his own subplot that explores the character’s sexuality. As Condon explains:
LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realising that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.
This is a monumental step for Disney, and is definitely a remarkable step forward for LGBTQ visibility in mainstream media. As if we weren’t excited enough already for the forthcoming flick, this news is definitely the cherry on top.
Beauty and the Beast is set to hit theaters on March 17.