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    Disney Restored A Same-Sex Kiss To Pixar's "Lightyear" After Widespread Criticism Of Its Response To Florida's "Don't Say Gay" Bill

    “Even if creating LGBTQIA+ content was the answer to fixing the discriminatory legislation in the world, we are being barred from creating it.”

    You already know about Pixar's Buzz Lightyear origin film, Lightyear, which comes out on June 17.

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    Along with Chris Evans as the titular space cadet, Lightyear also features Uzo Aduba as a female character, Hawthorne, who's reportedly depicted as in a relationship with another woman.

    Uzo Aduba poses for a photo at a step-and-repeat

    Variety reports that a kiss between Hawthorne and her partner was initially cut from the film — but now it's been put back.

    Uzo Aduba poses for a photo at a step-and-repeat

    The abrupt change has to do with Disney's response — or, initially, lack thereof — to Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill.

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    Obviously, Disney has a massive corporate presence in the state with Walt Disney World — but many inside and outside of the company were disappointed with their initial non-response.

    An aerial shot of the Magic Kingdom

    Chapek eventually issued a widespread apology.

    Chapek talks into a microphone

    A few days before Chapek's apology, Pixar employees released a statement claiming that Disney executives had actively censored "overtly gay affection" from their films over the years.

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    So it seems that the recent decision around Lightyear is a response to those allegations — a small step for a company that has a long way to go.

    Lightyear looks determined while wearing his space helmet

    Read more about Florida's "Don't Say Gay" bill here.