How Beauty And The Beast Will Introduce Disney's First Gay Character On The Big Screen

Disney, as a company, has always been fairly inclusive, but that hasn't always been shown on screen in their movies. Now, it appears that a classic Disney tale is about break new ground. According to a new report, Beauty and the Beast will contain the first ever "exclusively gay moment" in the history of Disney. This moment will apparently revolve around Josh Gad's performance as LeFou, the sidekick to Gaston, who will discover he has feelings about the strongman.

He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh [Gad] makes something really subtle and delicious out of it.

While movies like the new Star Wars films have made obvious inroads when it comes to being more inclusive in regards to gender and race, sexuality is one place that Disney has yet to touch. Many were critical of the studio when, in 2015, they were one of only two studios whose films did not include a single gay character. Fans have been trying to get Disney to include gay characters in their films and it seems that the effort is finally paying off.

While details are scarce in the article from Altitude magazine because they don't want to spoil anything, the question of LeFou's sexuality is described as a "small, but significant subplot." It would seem that at some point LeFou will begin to wonder if his feelings toward Gaston are something beyond idol worship. Director Bill Condon describes some sort of "payoff at the end" so, while it's not clear what that means, it certainly seems that LeFou isn't just being dropped in as a token character, but his character will have some sort of arc.

Josh Gad as Lefou in Beauty and the Beast

For the most part, Beauty and the Beast has been promoted as a live-action movie that's going to be more or less identical to its animated predecessor. Now, it seems that may not be entirely the case. The fact of the matter is that we can't say anything about the sexuality of the animated version of LeFou because he simply wasn't a character we spent much time with. He existed pretty much to sing one song with Gaston and that was about it.

Now we have to wonder what other new things Beauty and the Beast has in store for us.

With Disney's first gay character coming to the big screen we will likely see more down the road. Perhaps the calls that Elsa get a girlfriend will be answered when Frozen 2 finally arrives.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.