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Same-Sex Kiss Reportedly Cut, Then Restored in Pixar's Lightyear

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Lightyear, a release from Disney’s Pixar subsidiary.The animated film, billed as an origin story for the Toy Story character Buzz Lightyear, features a female colleague of Lightyear’s, Hawthorne (pictured), who is in a romantic relationship with a woman.

A source told Variety that a kiss between the couple had been cut from the film but was put back in last week following the uproar over the company’s record.“According to multiple former Pixar employees who spoke with Variety on the condition of anonymity, creatives within the studio have tried for years to incorporate LGBTQ identity into its storytelling in ways big and small, only to have those efforts consistently thwarted,” the publication reports.After the initial criticism of Disney leaders for not speaking out against the “don’t say gay” bill in Florida, where the company is a major employer, CEO Bob Chapek sent a memo to staff saying, “The biggest impact we can have in creating a more inclusive world is through the inspiring content we produce, the welcoming culture we create here, and the diverse community organizations we support, including those representing the LGBTQ+ community.”Pixar workers then said the content isn’t so inclusive.

An open letter from “the LGBTQIA+ employees of Pixar and their allies” claimed that Disney officials had demanded the removal of “nearly every moment of overtly gay affection … regardless of when there is protest from both the creative teams and executive leadership at Pixar.”Disney has responded to the uproar over the Florida bill by pausing all political contributions in the state, where it had donated to both the bill’s supporters and opponents, pledging funds to LGBTQ+ organizations, and apologizing to employees.

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