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Ever since the release of the Disney movie Frozen back in 2013, there has been speculation that Elsa was in fact part of the LGBT community and was struggling to come out. This has prompted a discussion on whether Elsa could have a girlfriend in the long-awaited sequel that is reportedly in the works. The director of the Disney debut, Jennifer Lee, responded to the fans and explained why she is keeping an open mind about the possibility of Elsa having a girlfriend.

Lee spoke to the Huffington Post, saying, “I love everything people are saying [and] people are thinking about with our film ― that it’s creating dialogue, that Elsa is this wonderful character that speaks to so many people. It means the world to us that we’re part of these conversations.” She was also asked about the possibility of Elsa having a girlfriend and her response was encouraging. “Where we’re going with it, we have tons of conversations about it, and we’re really conscientious about these things. For me … Elsa’s every day telling me where she needs to go, and she’ll continue to tell us. I always write from character-out, and where Elsa is and what Elsa’s doing in her life, she’s telling me every day. We’ll see where we go,” said Lee.

Ever since its release five years ago, fans have been speculating that the movie was actually about Elsa’s sexuality and her struggle with it. Recently, there has been a hashtag going around as a petition to give Elsa a girlfriend. Some of the more conservative groups have criticized the idea, deeming it inappropriate for children and “pushing the gay agenda.”

In response, many have said it’s important to have representation for all groups of all ages on screen. Rather than confusing children, it’s been speculated that it will likely result in children being more empathetic towards those of the LGBT community and more open-minded.

The movie is set to release in 2019.

Dorian Mayenschein is a non-binary senior at the University of Akron who majors in English while also minoring in Women's Studies. Their passions include pop culture, literature, social justice, LGBT rights and feminism as well as the Black Lives Matter movement. They hope to one day become a Senior Editor at a book publishing house in Chicago, Illinois and have people other than their aunts read their stories and support them.
Abbey is an Ohio native currently caught between the charm of the Midwest and the lure of the big city. She loves all things politics and pop culture, and is always ready to discuss the intersections of both. Her favorite season is awards season and she is a tireless advocate of the Oxford Comma. Abbey will take a cup of lemon tea over coffee any day and believes that she can convince you to do the same. As a former English major, she holds the power of words near and dear.