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New Pixar Short Film ‘Out’ Features The Studio’s First Male Lead LGBTQ Character

By Ashlyn Davis May 25, 2020

The new animated film from Pixar follows a young man on his journey of self-acceptance.

On Friday, Pixar released a new short film “Out” on Disney Plus. The story follows a man named Greg as he struggles to reveal his true self to his parents before moving to a new city with his boyfriend, Manuel.

While Greg is packing, his parents surprise him with a visit, raising his anxiety levels and forcing him to face his fears without much preparation. However, in his panic something magical happens, Greg and his precautious little dog temporarily switch bodies giving him the perspective he needs.

The 9-minute short film from Disney-Pixar’s SparkShorts, which aims to discover new storytellers and techniques, has been praised by Gaad, the LGBTQ advocacy organization.

“Over the past few years, L.G.B.T.Q. characters and stories have become common in the kids and family entertainment space with little controversy, but with large celebration from L.G.B.T.Q. families with children who have longed to see themselves represented,” Jeremy Blacklow, director of entertainment media at Glaad.

Although this isn’t the first LGBTQ character, as others like ‘Frozen’ and ‘Onward’ have portrayed openly gay characters prior to this, it does step it up by focusing the entire film around a gay young man. Undoubtedly, this will go along way for furthering inclusivity across age groups by recognizing the diversity in representation.

Featured Image: SparkShorts