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Pixar's First LGBTQ+ Film Is a Charming Coming-Out Story

Scenes from Out

A gay man struggles with coming out to his family in a charming new animated short film premiering today on the Disney+ streaming service and marking the first Pixar movie with a gay lead character.

In the trailer for the film, titled Out, the main character, Greg, looks at a photo of him with his partner, Manuel, and says to himself, “Just look them in the eyes and say, ‘Mom, Dad, I’m...’” and then his doorbell rings — it’s his parents coming to assist Greg with a move. Greg and his dog then frantically try to hide the photo. His pets turn out to be helpful in other ways, though.

Out is written and directed by Steven Clay Hunter and is billed as being based on a true story. It’s part of the Pixar’s SparkShorts series on Disney+. Watch the trailer below.

Pixar recently also released Onward which also features an LGBTQ+ character. Voiced by Lena Waithe, the character only appears in one scene but as a direct result, four countries banned it. In Russia, as the only indication of sexuality in the footage is the character saying the world "girlfriend," the project was edited to say the gender neutral "partner" instead.

Producers behind that feature have floated the idea of building an entire film around the role.

RELATED | Disney-Pixar’s First Openly LGBTQ+ Character Is Voiced by Lena Waithe

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