Fresh on the heels of The Rise of Skywalker's first same-sex kiss in the Star Wars franchise, the new animated film Onward — releasing March 6 — introduces the first self-identified LGBT character in Disney-Pixar history.
The character's name is Officer Specter, and she's a police officer who openly identifies as a lesbian, making references to her "girlfriend" in the movie.
Specter is voiced by gay screenwriter and actress Lena Waithe.
According to Yahoo Entertainment:
Officer Specter isn't the only LGBTQ character that Disney plans to introduce in 2020. The upcoming Marvel Studios blockbuster The Eternals will reportedly feature the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first same-sex couple, played by Haaz Sleiman and Bryan Tyree Henry. "We represent a gay family, and have a child," Sleiman revealed in a recent interview with the website NewNowNext, adding that they filmed the MCU's first same-sex kiss as well. "It's a beautiful, very moving kiss. Everyone cried on set."
While the lesbian character is being seen as a watershed moment for Disney-Pixar, many LGBT advocates say the move does not go far enough. The studio is being blasted [warning: language] by many as insufficiently inclusive due to Officer Specter's limited screen time and the fact that the movie never introduces her girlfriend.
Notably, the character is included in a promotional poster for the movie: