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Beauty and the Beast Has Disney’s First Openly Gay Character as Director Calls Story ‘a Metaphor for AIDS’

Beauty and the Beast Has Disney’s First Openly Gay Character as Director Calls Story ‘a Metaphor for AIDS’

It’s a tale as old as time. But for the upcoming live-action remake of its 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast, Disney is adding a modern twist.

In the April issue of Attitude, director Bill Condon revealed that Beauty and the Beast will feature Disney’s first-ever openly gay character: Gaston’s lovable sidekick, LeFou.

He’s played on-screen by Josh Gad, a Tony nominee recognizable to Disney audiences for voicing Olaf in Frozen. In Beauty and the Beast, the 36-year-old will dig his teeth into LeFou’s new subplot — which includes a crush on his pal Gaston (Fast

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