Same-Sex Kiss Added Back to ‘Lightyear’ After ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Controversy

After the controversy surrounding Disney’s response to Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Pixar has added a same-sex kiss back into the upcoming film “Lightyear.”

On March 9, Pixar employees released a statement directed at Disney leadership stating they had been forced to cut “nearly every moment of overtly gay affection… regardless of when there is protest from both the creative teams and executive leadership at Pixar.”

Variety now reports that a moment of gay affection has been added back into “Lightyear.” The character of Hawthorne, voiced by Uzo Aduba, is seen in a meaningful relationship with another woman. According to Variety, “the fact of that relationship was never in question at the studio” but a kiss between them had been cut. The kiss is now back. It will be the first same-sex kiss in a full-length Pixar animated film.

Two men did kiss in the SparkShorts film “Out,” which was about a gay man coming out to his parents. A gay character was featured in one scene of “Onward,” but the scene was ambiguous and easily altered in other countries.

“Lightyear” is about the “real” man who inspired the toy of Buzz Lightyear. It will be released on June 17, 2022. Watch the trailer.