A new live action version of “Beauty and the Beast” opens March 17th, starring Harry Potter’s Hermione and features the Disney’s first ever OPENLY gay character. Josh Gad‘s character Lefou is the sidekick to the arrogant Gaston. Director Bill Condon explained that a subplot of the film will find Josh Gad’s character LeFou confronting his sexuality. Condon says that as the sidekick to Gaston, LeFou “one day wants to be Gaston and on another wants to kiss Gaston.” He calls it a “nice, exclusively gay moment.” Gad gave a nod to the historic moment, tweeting that he’s “Beyond proud of this.”
This may be the first OPENLY gay Disney character, but many will say that many more stereotypically gay characters have been in Disney movies. Like Genie from Aladdin:
PAC-12 MASCOTS TO RIDE THE SEATTLE MONORAIL FRIDAY MORNING
WHO: Mascots from Pac-12 schools, Pac-12 Chief Marketing Officer Danette Leighton
WHAT: The mascots of the Pac-12 Conference will be riding the famous Seattle Monorail while Pac-12 Chief Marketing Officer Danette Leighton will be available to the media for questions about the 2017 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament at KeyArena.
WHEN: Friday, March 3, 2017, 10:00 a.m. PT
WHERE: Seattle Center Monorail Station (located near the Space Needle). Meet on the Monorail platform next to the cashier booth.