A cartoonist from New York has set up an Instagram account dedicated to depicting classic Disney characters as transgender.
The account, which was set up in August and is known simply as ‘Trans Disney,’ shows dozens of the most recognizable Disney characters alongside their transgender counterparts.
Some of the characters transitioned by the artist include Elsa and Anna from Frozen, Aladdin from Aladdin, and Boo from Monsters Inc.
POCAHONTAS (Storyline A) – Captain John Smith never thought that the New World could bring him to a new vision of love. Never thought he could have feelings so deep for another man. Pocahontas was nothing he dreamed about, and all he could wish for. As they were now close to each other, the breeze the only layer in between their skin, he wondered how he could ever go back without him. This new world was his whole world.
FROZEN (Storyline A) – Elsa removed all the makeup and found herself staring at her own reflection in the mirror. She was excited and scared at the same time. No one in the entire kingdom seemed to understand why she had to do that. No one could catch the depth of her thoughts. All of a sudden, her hands started shaking as she was holding a pair of scissors. "How am I going to do this?" – she thought, feeling disappointed for the unexpected lack of confidence. Then the sound of a door creaking behind her. She turned scared, but burst into a feeling of happiness when she saw her sister's face. Anna walked towards Elsa, smiled at her, and grabbed the scissors from her hands. A moment of silence, a nod, one quick and precise cut. What seemed to be the hardest thing in the world a few moments before, was now the easiest.
According to HuffPost, the artist is a transgender art director living in New York City who grew up watching Disney films, and was influenced by “the narrow way they portray love and define gender.”
“Some of the patterns and plot elements can be read as a metaphor for the LGBTQ community,” the artist told HuffPost. “For example, I’m thinking of how the Beast could be a metaphor of an individual who is keeping his real sexuality in the closet, and sees himself as a ‘monster.’ I also came across an article debating whether Elsa’s ‘disability’ and desire for loneliness can be related to her secret homosexuality.”
All the transitions are accompanied by descriptions from the artist of the characters gender dysphoria.
This is one of my favorite moments of Aladdin, when he pretends to be someone he’s not to impress Jasmine,” the author writes.” [I’d] like to tweak this moment and show Aladdin being herself in the body she was supposed to be born in. No need to pretend, no need to lie. Just herself and the love of her life.
He lived in a stranger's body for years while starving it, trying to make it disappear. His face felt like someone else's. His voice was not his own. He didn't see a future, so she created one. – JAFAR, inspired by @conchitawurst **Personal project not endorsed by Disney. Images created by @trans.disney #transdisney
“Disney movies are about freedom & transformation,” the account’s bio reads. “What if they could tell a transgender story?
Although a Disney character has never appeared to be transgender, Finding Dory star Ellen DeGeneres claimed that the film would feature a transgender stingray who transitions to become “Sting-Rhonda,” although this character never appeared.
Meanwhile, a male ‘Disney addict’ named Richard Schaefer has spent years posting pictures of himself dressed up as his favorite female Disney characters to social media, including Snow White, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty.