Conservative groups have urged a boycott of Disney over news that the family-friendly studio would feature its first "exclusively gay moment" in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Following that announcement, evangelical preacher Franklin Graham warned that Disney is trying to "push the LGBT agenda into the hearts and minds of… children. The backlash is overblown for a number of reasons. Although Disney is marketing Beauty and the Beast as a major step forward for the studio, Le Fou's blossoming sexuality only receives but passing acknowledgment—a blink-and-you'll-miss-it aside that's more of an Easter Egg for LGBT viewers than a full-on coming out. But in truth, the Mouse House has a long and complicated relationship with queer representation. Le Fou might be the first character that Disney has openly recognized as being gay, but that doesn't mean LGBT people haven't been there all along.
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In , a group of queer friends decided to organize an unofficial " gay and lesbian day " at Walt Disney World, a day for a small gathering of the local LGBTQ community to come and visit the theme park together. They picked a Saturday in June because it was one of the slowest days of the year, one current GaysDays official said. Now, more than 20 years later, the event has ballooned into a multi-day, massive Pride-month celebration with nearly , attendees and multiple locations.
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