If you’ve been anywhere near the internet lately, you’ve probably noticed an increased amount of “GAY DISNEY CHARACTERS?!” posts, since, if you haven’t heard, there is an LGBTQ character in the new Beauty and the Beast movie, which I still haven’t seen (sorry). What a lot of people don’t realize is that LGBTQ characters have been around FOREVER, and it’s basically NBD at this point. That doesn’t mean it’s not important for them to be around, it’s just nothing new.
Representation is important, but it’s also important to focus on characters for other things besides their sexuality. Of course, having openly LGBTQ characters is amazing and helpful for young kids who are questioning their sexuality, but it’s also important to show that how you feel or identify isn’t other people’s business. Unless, of course, you want them to know. That’s why having LGBTQ characters whose whole story doesn’t revolve around being gay is actually really important. They aren’t just “the lesbian character” or “the bisexual one…” they are representative of people who share the same stories. Does this make sense? You shouldn’t have to define yourself by your sexuality if you don’t want to. So, here are some characters you might not know are LGBTQ to look up to.
Marceline And Princess Bubblegum From Adventure TimeIf you're a fan of Adventure Time, you know how they are pretty awesome when it comes to representation. A few actors from the show confirmed that two popular characters, Marceline and Princess Bubblegum, have dated at one point, which could make them queer or bisexual. Since this is a kids show, it's actually really cool that they show subtle relationships like this. Image Source: Adventure Time
Jugghead From RiverdaleThis one gets a little tricky, since this show is pretty new, so we don't exactly know what Jughead's sexuality is. What we do know is that Jughead from the comics was asexual. Cole Sprouse has expressed interest in bringing this plot point to the TV show, so it could still be explored. Image Source: Riverdale
Korra And Asami From The Legend Of KorraFans of this show will know that this relationship was widely speculated, but it was later confirmed that the two friends actually began a relationship after the show ended. It was hinted at in the series finale, and the writer admitted it afterwards in a blogpost. Image Source: Avatar: The Legend Of Korra
Jennifer And Kelly From Cadet KellyOkAY, this one is a little far fetched, but stay with me. Fans have been speculating about the sexuality of the two main characters from the DCOM Cadet Kelly for years. Recently, the actress who played Jennifer Stone was asked about it and she didn't confirm it, but she also didn't deny the fact that these characters could have been gay. I mean, the evidence is pretty overwhelming. Image Source: Cadet Kelly
Ursula From The Little MermaidDid you know that the villain from The Little Mermaid is actually based on a famous drag queen named Divine? I didn't know this, but I recently learned about it and thought that was pretty cool, TBH. Divine was famous in the '70s and '80s, which inspired The Little Mermaid's director to make a character, who many believe is actually queer. Image Source: The Little Mermaid
Eugene From Hey ArnoldThis was one that was never actually hinted at, but the writers of the show made an interesting point after the show aired. Eugene was confused and unsure about his sexuality, and the creator of the show said that he would most likely grow up to be gay. It's a good way to show that you don't have to know your sexuality right away. Image Source: Hey Arnold
Harley Quinn From Suicide SquadI don't really mean the Suicide Squad version of Harley Quinn since, honestly, it was not very good. But, in the ~DC universe~ Harley Quinn is, in fact, bisexual and even forms a relationships with Poison Ivy. Maybe we will get to see that in the upcoming Harley movie? Image Source: Suicide Squad
Dumbledore From Harry PotterOkay, you probably know this, but I feel bad for not giving Dumbledore some love here. It was barely mentioned in Harry Potter, but writer JK Rowling later confessed that she always considered Dumbledore to be gay. This, obviously, got a lot of media attention, which started the conversation about gay characters in children's books, TV shows, and movies. Image Source: Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
Which one of these characters are your favorite? Tell us in the comments!