'Give Elsa a Girlfriend' movement goes viral

#GiveElsaAGirlfriend attempts to create the first lesbian Disney Princess. (Disney Photo)

by Sara Ritsch
Staff Writer

Fans of Frozen, the Broadway-esque Disney movie that won the hearts of children and families across the globe, have created the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend to make the main character, Elsa, Disney’s first lesbian princess in the upcoming sequel.

Alexis Isabel Moncada tweeted on April 30, “I hope Disney makes Elsa a lesbian princess imagine how iconic that would be...Dear @Disney, #GiveElsaAGirlfriend." The movement has since gone viral.

Moncada said in an MTV exclusive article, “Growing up, I never saw a princess fall in love with another princess – and neither have girls growing up right now. The entertainment industry has given us girls who have fallen in love with beasts, ogres who fall for humans, and even grown women who love bees. But we’ve never been able to see the purity in a queer relationship.”

Calling this step for young children “vital to their development,” she says that “No one deserves to feel isolated and confused about who they are.”

There are “other kinds of princesses.”

In so many cases, children are approached with the insinuation that gay is a bad word. In some of these instances, that child could be a growing member of the LGBT community. And what if their fantastical idea of love never coincides with their favorite, most influential Disney movies?

Gay is not factually a bad word – it’s a word to describe a person you know, a person you love.

It could be a word to describe your own child.

As said on The Guardian, “This is not about reinforcing gay stereotypes. It is not about saying Elsa is a frosty ice queen who rejects men and must therefore be a lesbian. It is about saying that what’s implied can be true, that there are women who love women, and that we deserve love stories too. That’s not a message just for gay people. It is universal: to thine own self be true and all that. In short, it is about letting go.”

Join the movement on Twitter by participating with the hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend. The rest is up to Disney.

The Gayly – 5/5/2016 @ 12:30 p.m. CDT