Why does Disney hide its gay characters?

National Student Pride have released the second episode of their podcast, #QueerAF, and this time round are discussing Disney’s long history of including ‘coded’ gay characters in their movies.

uc.pngThere is a copious amount of ‘surely-they-MUST-be-gay’ characters in Disney’s recent films, including Scar from The Lion King and LeFou in the original Beauty and the Beast, as well as Ryan Murphy in the High School Musical franchise, but why did it take until last year’s remake of The Beauty and The Beast to have an explicitly out character?

Jamie Wareham delves into the debate, along with guests Joe Morgan and Liane Castle, and you can listen to the discussion below. The previous episode had an interview with Amy Ashenden, who filmed a documentary following the life of a queer Muslim sex worker.


National Student Pride takes place between February 9th and 11th at the University of Westminster and will see students from across the UK take part in mixing parties, panel discussions, a recruitment fair, workshops, and performances. CBB star Courtney Act and singer Callum Scott have been announced as the host of Queer Dates, giving away dates with LGBTQ+ celebs and activists. All daytime events are free, but weekend wristbands for access to events and parties cost a fiver, and can be bought from here.