10 Disney Characters You Have No Idea Were Gay

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Think Disney is just about princes and princesses?

There are some characters that Disney could have intended to be gay, or characters that use gay stereotypes or even just has a large gay following. So let's take a look back on our childhoods and see exactly who are the most ambiguously gay Disney characters.

1. Ursula (The Little Mermaid)

Perhaps the most famous example of a direct tie to the LGBT community, Disney created the iconic villain Ursula the Sea Witch using the likeness and personality of drag queen Divine.


2. Governor Ratcliffe (Pocahontas)

Back in 17th century England, the word "fop" was used to negatively describe "fashionable", effeminate, cowardly man. The modern gay male stereotype. It's an archetype used for decades in Hollywood cinema, with the contemporary fop often being effeminate, power-hungry and almost always played by a British actor or with a refined English accent.

Ratcliffe is also played by gay actor David Ogden Stiers. While this certainly does not mean gay actor = gay character, it adds an extra dimension.

3. Ratigan (The Great Mouse Detective)

Don't remember the film? Professor Ratigan is the Moriarty to lead character Basil the detective's Sherlock Holmes. Made clear from the outset the two are archenemies, movie critics suggested there could be sexual tension between the two.

Ratigan's  "Goodbye So Soon" is practically a love song. And Ratigan's name could also be a tribute to 20th century gay playwright Terrence Rattigan.

4. Hades (Hercules)

A more modern take on a US fop in this 1990s film, as Hades is like every girl's sassy gay best friend.

5. Timon and Pumbaa (The Lion King)

Lion King comic relief Timon and Pumbaa are flamboyant, fun and even make a pretty good argument for same-sex parenting. Timon is voiced by gay actor Nathan Lane, and unlike Scar it is exactly the gay stereotypes that makes him and Pumbaa appealing to children. Also, Hakuna Matata is a song about being free from your worries. Sounds like Pride.

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