Disney Restores ‘Lightyear’ Gay Kiss Scene


Disney has received a number of complaints from employees who remarked that it was removing gay scenes while quietly supporting Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill that calls out any discussion of homosexuality.

More recently, Disney deleted a scene showing a kiss between two female characters in its upcoming Buzz Lightyear origin story. Light year. The female lead Hawthorne is a queer woman voiced by Orange is the new black star, Uzo Aduba. In a statement shared with VarietyPixar’s LGBTQ+ employees say Disney has cut “nearly every moment of openly gay affection…regardless of when there’s a protest from Pixar’s creative teams and management.”

The statement reads: “At Pixar, we have personally witnessed great stories, full of diverse characters, returning from the corporate critics of Disney shattered to what they once were. Even if creating LGBTQIA+ content was the answer to correcting discriminatory legislation around the world, we are prohibited from creating it.

The letter was written in response to the revelation that Disney was financially contributing to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill. When employees raised their concerns, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said they disagreed with the bill but “chose not to take a public position on it because we thought we could be more effective working behind the scenes, engaging directly with lawmakers — on both sides of the aisle.

Since the publication of the official LGBTQ+ employee complaint, the gay kissing scene at Light year has been restored.


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