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‘Beauty and the Beast’ Director Talks of ‘Exclusively Gay’ Moment

LOS ANGELES — Sorry, Elsa is not a lesbian. But what about a gay LeFou?

Keeping pace with fast-changing cultural and societal mores — particularly regarding sexuality — has been challenging for Walt Disney Studios. More than most of its Hollywood rivals, Disney aims films at a broader audience, from preschoolers to grandparents. Disney also specializes in that most archetypical of storytelling genres: fairy tales.

Disney executives blanched last year, when a movement materializ

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