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I have been amused lately at how many people are demanding that Disney make an animated movie with a homosexual as its main character. I agree with this of course, Please bring us more gays in media. However I am not adamant on what studio does it, I am surprised they are not racing to the finish with this idea, seriously what ever studio comes out with this animation is going to have a shit storm of cash, and my life time dedication (whether it is Disney, Pixar or Dreamworks).
I really do not care if it is a male or female that is gay, It would have been cool if Merida was a lesbian in the new movie Brave, but of course we have no idea since the only other females in the movie are her mother and the maid. Think of all the media attention the movie is getting from just a rumor.

Now for the entire point of this journal, listen carefully, I have found an animated male main character who is completely- well transgender at the least (I would say that he is gay as well) and from a very popular Disney movie from 2002 (included in 3 other movies and 2 TV series) Want to guess who it is?

Agent Wendy Pleakley, Yes that scrawny noodle like one eyed, cross-dressing alien from the franchise Lilo and Stitch. Holy Crap, how did I miss this in my childhood? You can see snip bits of his cross-dressing habits and slash from the first movie, but it is no where near as obvious as the following movies. Photobucket
(A clip from the first Movie: Lilo and Stitch the movie)

Stitch has a Glitch: Movie 2.
So they find out that Stitch has a glitch, and Pleakley wants to help Jumba, desperately. He even  this leads to some of the cutest scenes between them, seriously adorable, slashy, and fluffy.

As a small sub-story David fears Nani is losing interest in him, who come to help? Well the gay best friend of course.
So David agrees to let Pleakley help, and what is his solution to Davids romance problems?
BAM! Make Nani Jealous.
(I love this, his little outfits are really cute)

Stitch the movie:
Right off the bat Nani goes on a date with David, while leaving she admits that she is concerned that Pleakley is going to try on her clothing while she is out, of course he does. Later we find out that he has also ordered a girdle, despite his unconvincing denial.
He phones every planet in the solar system from a phone book until he finds Jumba (awww<3) Then attempts to make a trade for Jumba's life. The 600 and something experiments in exchange for his best friend.
Ohhh By the way they have also taken on the identity of Uncle Jumba and Aunt Pleakley

TV series:
I am just going to mention two episodes here.
First one is called 'Fibber' where Pleakleys family comes to visit, and his mother is determined to have him married. To avoid marring the girl his mother picks Lilo picks Nani to pose as his fake fiance, but of course she ditches when Pleakleys mother decides to hire a Las Vagas pastor to marry them off.
(Don't they look happy together?)
Anyway Lilo needs to find a new suitor for Pleakley, she naturally chooses Jumba.
(what a lovely dress)
What I find the most humorous is that Jumba and Pleakley never complain about getting married, in fact when David bursts in to stop the wedding Jumba complains about him getting in the way and disturbing the ritual.
In the end his mother accepts him being single and leaves, requesting that he wears less woman's clothing (He agrees but never keeps the promise, of course)

There is also an Ep where (due to an experiment) people in the village falls in love with Pleakley, even men.(but not Jumba, damn experiment!) In the end it is revealed that only Lilos friend had a real crush on him (that did not last long)

I hear there is also an Anime version, it has been described as weird/disturbing but also overly cute, fluffy and slashy. I have not watched it yet, so not much I can say.

Leroy and Stitch: Last movie.
Pretty much Jumba, Pleakley and Stitch get news jobs away from earth, and each other. They think it is their dream jobs but are incredibly lonely, an fidn their jobs are not very satisfying.
While trying to convince Jumba to visit him he says
"Don't you miss your 'Aunt Pleakley'?  "I'm wearing the wig..."
Before you ask: Yes, I do think Disney intended Pleakley to be gay and transgender. Stupidly enough people are actually arguing that he is not transgender because 'Disney would never do that'

Tl;Dr Homosexuals and Transgenders are in children's movies already, the problem is that none of the studios have the balls to just come out and say it. Having gay couples/Transgenders in cartoons will not effect children I didn't even think anything of it as a kid!, took me all this time to finally see it and say Hey, That dude is wearing a dress.... sweet.

Source: <-- Soooo Awesome.
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the-fox-Sakurako Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I never noticed as a kid and now that I am obsessing over these two again. They have such a cute relationship, its got me finding fanfiction and fanart xD I think there should be more openly gay/lesbian couples in shows now a days...
KurvosVicky Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... first of all, all we get from him in ANYTHING is that he likes crossdressing. The rest is meant for laughs. And how can you seriously suggest that a transgendered female who's into males is gay?!
I dare even say this is a rather homophobic view you have. You assume that a crossdresser who's effiminate must be gay. Screw you. -_-
Toxic-dolls Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The only reason I consider Pleakly gay is due to his relationship with Jumba, but that assumption is completely fan made on my part. "...I have found an animated male main character who is completely- well transgender at the least.." A few of the screen caps i added is why I think Pleakly would likes him (if I saw any person acting that way towards another, no matter the sex of either, I would assume they had a crush at least)

I admitted that he was not out or canonly gay, and said he did at least enjoyed cross dressing. I am sorry, but I don't see an issue with assuming someone (especially a fictional character who does not exists) is trans and/or gay, I don't see why Cis and straight has to be the default assumption until told other wise.

I didn't mean to offend anyone by making this journal, and I am sorry if I did. I was simply pointing out a positive role model from my childhood, my point was that as children seeing a male playing a 'stereotypically feminin role' did not scar us, in fact we didn't even think twice about it. the journals point was to disprove the idea that "if kids see transgendered, homosexual, cross dressing characters it will confuse and make them act the way the characters did"

If I came off as homophobic, or used the wrong terms to describe Pleakly I am sorry, it was simply ignorance on my part, arguing with me about being against homophobia is preaching to the quire, since I do believe we both have the same opinions on this issue and the arguing was simply due to a misunderstanding.
KurvosVicky Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay then... I guess it's just that I've wished for gay Disney characters for so long. The closest we've gotten to someone being openly gay is that fat gargoyle in Hunchback of Notre Dame who's in love with that male pet goat of Esmeralda (who they genderswapped from the original story even, oddly enough).
And we never saw Jumba and Pleakley kiss or even hug each other - at least not from what I remember. It's still also odd you use the "gay best friend" thing as an example of him being gay...

But yeah, I really do hope we will get to see more LGBT acceptance in mainstream media in the future. And really, I do not wish to see a gay guy being portrayed in a stereotypical way. >_<
Toxic-dolls Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
The 'gay best friend thing' I found blatant  in that ep at least he did attribute some stereotypes of that trope, which is why I mentioned it, though I know that does not mean he is homosexual, just that he acted the way movie portray 'gay best friend' characters, which I don\'t necessarily agree with XD
lol Ohh I think i heard of that before, yeah not a flattering comparison, a goat and a gargoyle.

I am sure it will happen :) It makes sense that big movie companies are playing it safe for now, after all no company wants to risk losing business, and Disney is so 'child friendly' it would be odd for them to do anything that causes commotion, no matter how innocent or positive. Have you seen Paranorman? I loved the way they handled the gay character in that, since he was just treated as a normal man.
KurvosVicky Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To cut to the case - yes, I've seen ParaNorman. One of my favorite movies of all time. And indeed, good to see Mitch was portrayed as just an ordinary character.

Either way, I think it's pathetic to "play it safe". But hey, I've heard Pied Piper will play a big role in the Flash TV show (spin-off of Arrow), and Pied Piper is gay in the comics. That's always something.
Fleur-DeLisa Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You know if a trans woman falls in love with a man its not considered gay, right? you know, because trans women are women.
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LittleKyuubi Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
I'm watching Lilo and Stitch: Stitch Has a Glitch with my sisters right now, and it was so painfully obvious XD
Toxic-dolls Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ehehe, but he is still so cute X3
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