Best LGBTQ+ shows and movies to watch on Disney Plus (2024)

Best LGBTQ+ shows and movies to watch on Disney Plus (1)

The history of LGBTQ+ representation in film and on TV is a fascinating (and sometimes frustrating) one. Though it's certainly no secret that Disney has struggled with any kind of explicitly gay representation in its media, the LGBTQ+ landscape isn't as destitute as it once was. The generation of kids that grew up hungrily consuming every single Disney Channel Original that came our way has grown up and, let's be frank, a good number are gay. Thankfully, progress has been moving into the Mouse House and it shows.

To celebrate Pride 2022, Disney Plus launched a curated Pride Collection (opens in new tab) of movies, short films and series to celebrate Pride. The Pride Collection is housed with all of the other Disney Plus collections on the site and will be updated on a regular basis.

Our curated list includes many of the selections from the Pride Collection as well as a few of our own choosing.


Greg's life is full of love and he's just about to make a move to the big city with his boyfriend. The problem is that his parents surprise him to help with the move and Greg hasn't come out to them yet. This is a big secret and is putting a strain on his relationship with Manuel. Today is different though. With some help from his fiesty little pup and a little bit of magic from a rainbow disco cat and dog, Greg learns that he has nothing to hide and that his parents love him no matter what.

This is a huge step for Disney as far as portraying LGBTQ+ characters goes given that the company has been historically cisgender and straight. It's a sweet story about overcoming your fear and coming out to your parents. It sends the message that ultimately, your family just wants you to be happy and there's nothing wrong with being true to yourself. It's a great short film for all ages. — Amelia Emberwing

Jungle Cruise

Jungle Cruise was so, so, so close to almost having a character say the words "I'm gay" on screen. While the film did ultimately come short of saying those words and the scene that features them is easy to cut for international markets that won't allow such things, it's hard to deny the importance of Jack Whitehall's McGregor Houghton. Brother to Lily (Emily Blunt), McGregor provides a good amount of comic relief and heart to a film that's already bursting with both of those things. His "coming out" scene with Frank (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) doesn't just serve to make us empathize further with his sister. Instead, it helps give him a key character point that makes him more than just "Lily's brother."— Amelia Emberwing


Sure, we might have roasted Disney a tiny bit in our Cruella review for once again patting themselves on the back for their "first" out gay character (for the seventh time) and not even having the decency to do anything beyond an implicit gay description. Still, Cruella's an all out banger with a fun queer character (and played by the lovely John McCrea), good dogs and some fashion that may literally be worth dying for.

Praising anything featuring Cruella De Vil feels a little weird — especially given that she's one of the most loathed characters in Disney canon — but trust me on this: the retelling of this monster is worth your while. At the very least, it's fun looking at all the pretty set pieces and costumes while Emma Stone and Emma Thompson try to out act one another. At its best, it retcons the 101 Dalmatians story in a way that will leave you craving more in this complicated new universe.— Amelia Emberwing

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Here's the deal: The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement came out back in 2004, so you know there's no way that there was an LGBTQ+ on-screen relationship in any of the Princess Diaries movies. So, why is it on this list? A couple reasons: first, not to stereotype, but this bisexual writer has a very hearty appreciation for these films. Second, it's important to represent stories from different timeframes so we can see where we've been and where we hope to go. And, finally, we do get a (slim) scene where there's at least an acknowledgement of a gay couple in the film.

While Mia (Anne Hathaway) and her best friend Lily (Heather Matarazzo) work with the Queen (literal queen Julie Andrews) and bodyguard Joe (Hector Elizondo) to find a potential suitor, Mia notes that the harp-playing Prince Antoine is a cutie. Joe's "his boyfriend thinks he's handsome also," receives a hearty "right on!" from both Mia and Lily.

A throwaway scene? Sure. But throwaway scenes meant a lot to young queer folk when they were all we had.— Amelia Emberwing

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series

It's been over a decade since High School Musical was filmed at East High, so the drama department decides they want to revisit that moment in time, this time with a theatrical production called High School Musical: The Musical. This is a brand new cast of kids putting a new spin on your favorite characters from the original. It's jam-packed with some of your favorite songs from High School Musical, along with some new jams to groove out to. It's a fun, upbeat, musical series full of teenage drama on and off the stage.

Carlos (Frankie A. Rodriguez) is the fabulous, flamboyant, gay choreographer at East High School. While this character is fun and entertaining to watch, some might argue that this is a fairly cliche interpretation of what gay men are actually like. — Amelia Emberwing

Gravity Falls

Join the adventurous twins Dipper and Mabel Pines as they battle evil and solve mysteries on their summer vacation with old Grunkle Stan in Gravity Falls, Ore. Dipper is the smarty pants, more mature twin and Mabel is the likeable, funny twin. It's fun to watch them go on outrageous adventures, make new allies, sniff out enemies and figure out the hidden mysteries of this small sleepy town. This a great animated series for the whole family and appropriate for all ages. — Amelia Emberwing


Onward is a complicated film to write about in the context of this list. While excuses can be made for The Princess Diaries — or even The Lodge — because it happened years ago, we should be past the point where we're tiptoeing around any of the letters in LGBTQ+. That said, this wouldn't be complete without acknowledging Pixar's first confirmed character in a same sex relationship.

Which character is it? Well, it's the barely-there Officer Specter (voiced by Lena Waithe). The officer notes at one point that her girlfriend's daughter has her pulling her hair out. That's the big payoff.

That obvious bitterness aside, Onward is a lovely, simple, inoffensive film. Probably plan on some tissues since it's Pixar, but you won't regret checking this one out.— Amelia Emberwing

Andi Mack

Andi Mack is just about to hit her teen years and her urge to rebel and embody the angsty teen is stronger than ever. Along with her best friends Buffy and Cyrus, this fearsome threesome is ready to terrorize their parents and their school. However, Andi's big sister Bex is back in town and she's here to stay. When Bex was young, she was the poster child for rebellion, but now that she's older, she's started taking on a much more responsible outlook on life. Bex puts a serious damper on Andi and her friends' fun which takes a toll on her first year as a teenager.

Cyrus Goodman, one of Andi's best friends, made history as the first Disney character to ever say the words "I'm gay," out loud on television. Typically, if gay characters were represented at all, their sexual orientation was merely implied and not voiced. It took until 2017 for someone to utter those magic words, but better late than never Disney. We have high hopes that this will spark a trend and we'll begin to see more and more LGBTQ+ characters represented in our favorite Disney content in the years to come. — Amelia Emberwing

Star Wars Resistance

Star Wars Resistance follows the pilot Kazuda "Kaz" Xiono and his adventures aboard the large aircraft refueling station Colossus. He's been recruited by Poe Dameron to join the resistance and spy on the First Order and disguises himself as a mechanic on the Colossus. It's tough for him to keep his cover and he finds himself mixed up with ace racers, marauding pirates and the mysterious owner of the Colossus. His discoveries and comedic adventures bring him closer to what the First Order actually has in mind for the galaxy.

The makers of this animated series have confirmed that the show does contain a same-sex couple. They're the first confirmed same-sex couple to appear on screen, though not the first queer couple to appear in the Star Wars franchise. — Amelia Emberwing


When Marvel’s Loki debuted, it featured a revelation that was one of the least-guarded secrets in the MCU: Loki was gender fluid. It makes sense, because despite Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal that we all know and love, Loki has taken many forms in the comics over the years. It’s not surprising that the trickster god doesn’t subscribe to gender norms, nor is it surprising that he’s attracted to men and women alike. If anyone was going to be the grand marshal of the Disney Plus Pride parade, it should be Loki.— Sarabeth Pollock

West Side Story

The Steven Spielberg remake of the 1961 classic West Side Story is a modern-day retelling of Romeo and Juliet with the two star crossed lovers being members of rival street gangs in New York. It’s a powerful story about how you can’t control who you love. The original movie featured a young tomboy, Anybodys, who wanted to be part of an all-male gang; in the 2021 remake, Anybodys is transgender and is played by non-binary actor Iris Menas. — Sarabeth Pollock

Love, Victor

All three seasons of the Disney Plus hit Love, Victor are now available to stream. This spinoff from the hit movie Love, Simon follows Victor’s journey as he navigates the complex world of high school and the even more complex world of love. The final season sees Victor sorting out his feelings for Rahim and Benji while building new relationships as his time in high school comes to an end. It’s an epic story that plays out over three seasons of must-watch television.

This post was co-authored by Nicholette Roux.

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Best LGBTQ+ shows and movies to watch on Disney Plus (2024)


Is there any LGBTQ on Disney? ›

The Disney Channel, which launched in 1983, Disney XD, which began in 2009, Disney Junior, which launched in 2011, and shows on Disney+, along with the short-lived Toon Disney, have all occasionally featured lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) characters in their programming.

Is there any R-rated stuff on Disney plus? ›

New York (CNN Business) Disney+ just got a little more adult. The streaming service added its first R-rated films in the US on Friday with "Deadpool," "Deadpool 2" and "Logan." The movies star Marvel superheroes, but as their ratings suggest, they're decidedly not kid-friendly.

What should I watch on LGBTQ? ›

16 LGBTQ Movies to Watch This Pride Month
  • Paris Is Burning (1991)
  • Late Bloomers (1996)
  • But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
  • Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  • Jennifer's Body (2009)
  • Pariah (2011)
  • The Way He Looks (2014)
  • Tangerine (2015)
Jun 1, 2022

Is Elsa asexual? ›

Canonically, she is not romantically interested in anybody. And lest you wonder if that description means Elsa is asexual or aromantic, neither of those qualities is canon either. Canonically, she's nothing when it comes to her sexuality. Which also means she isn't (yet) canonically straight.

Does Netflix promote LGBT? ›

Netflix has contributed substantially to LGBTQ representation in animation throughout the 2010s and 2020s. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, and transgender characters have appeared in various animated series, and some animated films on the streaming platform.

How do I enable adult content on Disney+? ›

You can always change parental settings in the profile section of the app. How to set content ratings on Disney+
  1. Open Disney+.
  2. Click on your profile icon and choose “edit profiles.”
  3. Choose the profile you wish to edit.
  4. Under “parental controls,” select the “content rating” option.
  5. Enter your account password.
Mar 15, 2022

Does Disney plus have 18+? ›

Setting Disney+ parental controls for new users

- You will be asked to "opt in" if you want to access mature content. Saying "yes" will set a profile to an 18+ rating and give access to everything on Star.

What's on Disney plus for adults? ›

Here are some of the best adult shows on Disney+ that you can binge right now.
  • The Mandalorian. Star Wars fans, you know what to stream. ...
  • The Simpsons. ...
  • Once Upon a Time. ...
  • WandaVision. ...
  • The Muppet Show. ...
  • Cosmos: Possible Worlds. ...
  • Daredevil. ...
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Jun 24, 2022

What should I watch Pride 2022? ›

We've combed through the lists of programming being offered and have selected a few things we think are worth watching during Pride Month 2022.
  • 50 years of Pride. ...
  • 50 Years of Pride. ...
  • 90 Day Fiancé: Love in Paradise season 2.
Jun 19, 2022

What should I watch on Netflix LGBT? ›

The best LGBTQ+ shows you can watch right now on Netflix
  • Atypical (2017 – 2021) ...
  • AJ and the Queen (2020) ...
  • American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace (2018) ...
  • American Horror Story (2011 – present) ...
  • Big Mouth (2017 – present) ...
  • Black Lightning (2018 – 2021) ...
  • Bonding (2019 – 2021) ...
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013 – 2021)
Jun 23, 2022

Who is Elsa's boyfriend? ›

Olaf. Created from Elsa's magical powers, Olaf is by far the friendliest snowman in Arendelle. He is innocent, outgoing and loves all things summer.

Will Elsa get a boyfriend in Frozen 3? ›

On Monday, the entertainment website claimed that sources say “Disney has plans to give Elsa a female love interest” in Frozen 3. “[W]e're told it's definitely happening and again,” the site reports, “the intention is for Elsa to have a girlfriend in the threequel, confirming her sexuality in the process.”

Will Elsa get a boyfriend in Frozen 2? ›

In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, writer-director Jennifer Lee explained why the sequel to Disney's enormously successful winter film won't feature a love interest for Elsa.

How do I remove Netflix from LGBTQ? ›

How to block certain movies and TV shows on Netflix
  1. Hover your mouse over the down arrow on the right-side of the screen.
  2. Choose “Account.”
  3. Select the drop-down menu for one of your child's profiles. ...
  4. Choose “Change” next to “Viewing Restrictions.”
  5. Enter your Netflix password.
Apr 7, 2020

Is the Dragon Prince LGBT? ›

Some major highlights for the Dragon Prince in terms of LGBT characters include a nonbinary elf named Kazi, Rayla's dads Runaan and Ethari, and lesbian queens Annika and Neha of Duren. There are even subtle hints towards a possible romantic relationship developing between aunt Amaya and the Sunfire elf general, Janai.

Has Disney made R-rated movies? ›

Disney never releases R-rated films under the "Disney" brand; all of these films are published by subsidiaries and thus only indirectly Disney-related, and will generally not receive in-depth coverage here beyond pages on the films themselves.

How do you unlock R-rated movies on Disney Plus? ›

Don't worry, Disney+ will ask you to enter your password before making any changes. Once you do that, you'll see a new “Content Rating” section. Clicking on that will bring you all the possible parental control options you can choose from. Happy toggling.

What are the most inappropriate movies? ›

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  • Last Tango in Paris (1972) ...
  • Risky Business (1983) ...
  • 9 1/ 2 Weeks (1986) ...
  • Henry & June (1990) ...
  • Basic Instinct (1992) ...
  • Boogie Nights (1997) ...
  • Eyes Wide Shut (1999) ...
  • Y Tu Mama También (2001)
Feb 13, 2015

Why is Disney Plus so dark? ›

Why is it so dark? It's actually quite common for a TV to struggle with colours for HDR (High Dynamic Range). HDR is designed to offer brighter highlights and a wide range of colour detail for a better overall image. Basically, it means that dark colours will be very dark and bright colours will be very bright.

Why is Disney Plus removing movies? ›

The main reason why movies and shows are removed from Disney+ are due to preexisting contracts that had been signed before Disney+ launched. For years Disney and 20th Century Fox have been licensing out their content to streaming services including Netflix, Fubo, HBO, Starz and others.

Where can I watch the LGBTQ movies? ›

Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Paramount Plus, and Peaco*ck are the best mainstream platforms for LGBTQ titles.

What's a good movie to watch today? ›

30 Most Popular Movies Right Now
  • #1. Prey (2022) 93% #1. ...
  • #2. Bullet Train (2022) 53% #2. ...
  • #3. Nope (2022) 82% #3. ...
  • #4. Day Shift (2022) 57% #4. ...
  • #5. Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022) 88% #5. ...
  • #6. Emily the Criminal (2022) 93% #6. ...
  • #7. Elvis (2022) 78% #7. ...
  • #8. Fall (2022) 73% #8.

What's the meaning of rainbow flag? ›

The rainbow flag is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements. Also known as the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag, the colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community and the spectrum of human sexuality and gender.

Is Ginny and Georgia LGBTQ? ›

Ginny and Georgia

In a still rare but slowly rising trend, Ginny & Georgia's lesbian storyline adopts the Gen Z method of teenagers coming out – which is to barely do it at all. Despite being 15, Maxine “Max” Baker has been out to her family and friends for years.

Does Disney Plus have a pride section? ›

To be sure, Disney+ currently features a “Celebrate Pride Month” content collection, stocked with such movies and series as “Trevor: The Musical” (premiering June 24), “Love, Victor,” “Glee,” “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” “Better Nate Than Ever,” Pixar's short “Out,” the studio's first project with a ...

Is Luz from The Owl House LGBT? ›

Luz Noceda is the main protagonist of the Disney Channel animated series The Owl House. She is voiced by Sarah-Nicole Robles. Luz is confirmed to be bisexual by show creator Dana Terrace, some calling her the "first bisexual lead character" on a Disney Channel show.

Are amphibian characters LGBT? ›

Through her adventure she learns important life lessons and makes friends with the people of Amphibia. While there are currently no canon LGBTQ+ characters on this show, we still consider it LGBTQ+ friendly because it is inclusive in language and does not advertise harmful ideologies.

What is the pride collection on Disney plus? ›

To kick off Pride Month, Disney+ has added a brand new collection featuring films and shows that include LGBT+ storylines, creators and characters. The Pride Collection can be found within the collection section within Disney+ and also on the main Disney+ home page.

What is in the Disney Pride collection? ›

Included in the Pride Collection are series grown-ish, The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, Big Shot and Gravity Falls, as well as the newly added Glee! On the movie side, Better Nate Than Ever, West Side Story, Eternals and Howard are all included.

Why is Amphibia part of Pride Month? ›

The popular Amphibia features several minor characters who identify with the LGBTQ+ representation including pansexual Ally. Pansexuality isn't talked about a lot on television so the fact that a children's show chose to include a pansexual character is a major reason to watch the show.

Is Luz a boy or girl? ›

The Owl House follows Luz Noceda, a 14-year-old Dominican-American girl who stumbles upon a magical world and attempts to become a witch. On Aug. 8, the show aired a prom-themed episode in which Luz dances with another female character, Amity, who is shown to have a crush on Luz.

Who is Luz dad? ›

Noceda is a mentioned character in The Owl House. He was Luz's father and Camila's husband who died from an unspecified cause prior to Season 1.

What episode does Lumity kiss? ›

Crikey! What a beautiful moment! As the second and penultimate season of Disney's groundbreaking cartoon The Owl House wraps up, big things are happening, and not just when it comes to Emperor Belos and the Day of Unity.

Is gumball a Lgbtq? ›

On April 27, 2019, the creator of The Amazing World of Gumball, Ben Bocquelet, said that Gumball "loves whoever he loves" in response to someone asking about the character's sexuality, implying that Gumball could either be bisexual or pansexual.

What cartoons have Lgbtq characters? ›

Let's Be Heroes, Castlevania, Big Mouth, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Twelve Forever, Craig of the Creek, Harley Quinn, and Hazbin Hotel. LGBTQ characters also appeared prominently in anime such as Flip Flappers, Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Bloom Into You, and Given.

Is Star vs the forces of evil LGBT? ›

Disney Channel cartoon Star vs. the Forces of Evil has just revealed that its main character is bisexual, according to fans.

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