Marvel, Pixar, Disney, CN, and Nickelodeon embrace LGBTQ cartoon characters
History of LGBTQ in American cartoons
LGBTQ characters in movies have been around since the 1950s, but “gay toon” was taboo until 1967 when the age of Aquarius when the sexual revolution was at its height.
1953, Princess Sapphire
The Gender-bending manga Japanese character Prince Knight (Princess Sapphire) was serialized. An anime version was introduced in 1967.
In the same decade, the “hippie age” peaked and “mandated free sex,” lack of inhibition, especially in nudity, and open drug sessions. During this time, gay cartoon characters were being developed.
From 1967 to 1999, about 42 gay characters were introduced
After the sexual revolution peaked, a total of about 42 gay, trans, and queer characters were presented from 1967 to 1999.
A massive jump at the dawn of the internet
|1967 to 1999||2000 – 2019|
|32 Years average||19 Years average|
|42 Gay characters||300 Gay characters|
|Median average – 2/year||Median average – 15/year|
From 2000 to 2019, it rose to 300 LGBTQ characters
When the internet and smartphone tablets became readily available, LGBTQ cartoon characters jumped to 300 from 2000 to 2019. [List of gay animations]
In 2010, Cartoon Network’s ‘Adventure Time‘ is attributed to the “animation golden age” when a plethora of diverse cartoons peaked. In 2018, Adventure Time’s 10th season confirmed the gay relationship between its two main characters: Princess Bubblegum and Marceline.
2021, a big year for LGBTQ cartoons under the Biden administration
Sesame Streets’ Gonzorella: Even the muppets are transitioning
The “Muppet Babies” reintroduced the beloved character Gonzo as a transgender princess. He dubbed himself “Gonzorella.”
Blues Clues introduce Gay Pride Parade
Earlier, Nickelodeon reintroduced the ABC Song with Blue labels “P” as Pride in rainbow colors, referring to the LGBTQ pride flag.
Superboy came out gay in 2021
In 2021, the man of steel, hero of other heroes and heroin, was introduced as a gay, bisexual character. DC Comics brought in Jay as the boyfriend of Super Boy Jonathan Kent, the son of Clark Kent.
Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. introduce Drag Queen Nina West
Nickelodeon and Nick Jr.’s ratings plunged after championing the “trans,” “queer,” and “pansexual” bandwagon of America.
Disney joins the LGBTQ bandwagon
Disney Land banned traditional genders
In 2022, Disneyland banned using “boys and girls” and “ladies and gentlemen” to greet guests in its theme park. The woke company wanted to accommodate “non-conforming binaries.”
Buzz Light Year gay kiss
In 2022, Disney’s Pixar introduced its first “gay kiss” in the cartoon movie ‘Lightyear.’ However, the film flopped on opening weekend after facing backlash. Disney also replaced conservative star Tim Allen with Chris Evans as the voice of Buzz Lightyear.
Baymax grocery scene
The same year, Big Hero 6’s Baymax grocery scene shows him asking people what feminine hygiene is. Conservative commentator Michael Knowles describes it as a “dude with a tampon wearing a transgender flag shirt” who tells Baymax that it is what he or she uses.
“It is an artwork that is being intentionally peddled to really young kids… actively pushing (the gay agenda) to kids,” he said.