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This Artist Reimagined Disney Characters as Transgender to Explore Powerful New Perspectives

This Artist Reimagined Disney Characters as Transgender to Explore Powerful New Perspectives

"What if the most famous movies were to be told as a transgender story?"

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Despite their flaws, classic Disney characters have always exuded starry-eyed charisma in their quests for love, freedom, and self-fulfillment. Now, a New York-based art director is bringing Disney into the new millennium by re-imagining those characters as trans.

The artist, working under the Instagram handle @transdisney, has reimagined classic characters like Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, and even Aladdin as trans. The effect is surprising, entrancing, and, ultimately, beautiful.

Writing on Bored Panda, the artist explained that they loved Disney movies as a child but always felt they should have included more diverse characters.

"Growing up, I realized that they don't include a very important category: transgender people," they wrote. "People who more than anyone else know the meaning of and seek for that love, freedom and transformation portrayed by Disney."

It should come as no surprise that Ariel, who always knew she belonged in a different body, is the first character to appear in @transdisney's account.

The artist also wrote that their decision to "out" Disney characters was inspired by Disney's own mission statement of love and inclusion.

"I asked myself: What if the most famous movies were to be told as a transgender story?" they wrote. "What if they could use their power and following to help tear down the stigmas and taboos about the LGBTQ community?"

As trans individuals, characters like Jasmine and Merida --- trapped by circumstance and society --- take on new poignancy. They become victims, and heroes, of entirely different stories:

The face you make when they ask you why you couldn't stay the way you were...

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As for the rest, maybe it's best for the artist to explain:

Strength doesn't only come from your body. It also come from your identity.

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Evan Lambert

Evan is a pop culture writer who once thought he'd be a doctor. He recently co-wrote a play about the ghost of Abraham Lincoln teaming up with Sarah Palin to save America. You can reach him at evan.e.lambert@gmail.com.

Evan is a pop culture writer who once thought he'd be a doctor. He recently co-wrote a play about the ghost of Abraham Lincoln teaming up with Sarah Palin to save America. You can reach him at evan.e.lambert@gmail.com.