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Disney announces first official LGBTQ character

Disney will feature its first ever openly LGBTQ animated character in its new film ‘Onward’ - voiced by Lena Waithe.

The 35-year-old American screenwriter and actress will voice Officer Specter in the movie, which is set to release in about two weeks. Officer Specter, a purple Cyclops cop, is the first self-identified LGBTQ character in the history of Disney Pixar.

‘Onward’s producer, Kori Rae, detailed how Lena’s character came about in an interview with Yahoo Entertainment.

Kori said, “It just kind of happened. The scene, when we wrote it, was kind of fitting and it opens up the world a little bit, and that’s what we wanted.”

The movie’s director, Dan Scanlon, said, “It’s a modern fantasy world and we want to represent the modern world.”

In the monumental scene, Lena’s character pulls over a driver claiming to be distracted by his girlfriend’s children.

Officer Specter responds, “My girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out,” Slate reported.

The fantasy movie features Tom Holland and Chris Pratt as two elven brothers trying to resurrect their wizard father.

Ian and Barley, the brothers, were gifted with a present by their deceased father - but their inexperience with magic brings on challenges during a 24-hour resurrection spell.

Two days ago, Lena shared the news to Instagram with a side-by-side photo of her and the character - and a rainbow emoji.Disney and Pixar’s Onward is set to release in theaters on March 6.

The Sun


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