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    "Onward" Will Feature Lena Waithe As The Voice Of Pixar's First Openly LGBTQ Character

    A small step in the right direction.

    As you probably already know, Pixar is set to release its 22nd full-length animated movie, Onward, on March 6.

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    And while we'll of course be treated to the giant steps Pixar has made in its animation, the film is also taking another small but significant step.

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    Onward will feature Disney's first openly LGBTQ* character, Officer Spector, a cop voiced by Lena Waithe.

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    *There have been possibly queer characters before; like the possibly lesbian couple in Finding Dory.

    Unlike other Disney or Pixar films, this time it's made clear that the character is queer.

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    The revelation that Spector is lesbian actually comes out pretty casually and simply, with the line:

    My girlfriend’s daughter got me pulling my hair out.

    Which is nice that it's just a thing and nothing huge. But, as Slate noted, it's also revolutionary that Disney and Pixar didn't make a big deal out of it before the embargo was lifted* like it did with LeFou in the live-action Beauty and the Beast or with the same-sex kiss in The Rise of Skywalker.

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    *The reason we know about this scene is because of the Slate writer seeing the film, not because it was touted by the studio as a big moment beforehand.

    While this is just a small step, it's nice to know that Disney and Pixar have taken actual representation seriously.

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