So I just read this portion of an article and I’d like to say my peace. It reads:
“Is Elsa gay? I think there’s certainly a valid queer reading to be found in the film. It isn’t like she has a girlfriend - or any romance at all - but the idea that she was born different (it’s explicitly specified that she was born this way, not cursed) and that her difference makes her not a ‘good girl’ (a phrase repeated) lends itself to that interpretation. If we read Elsa as gay, Anna’s quest to show her that she is loved and accepted becomes all the more profound.”
I read this and I actually got dizzy then burst into tears. As a gay teen living in a conservative town, I directly related to this. Although I have no sister, I’ve felt how Elsa has felt. Trapped. When my mother found out I was gay, she and my father agreed that until they die, I should keep who I really was a secret. Fear is your worst enemy. “The storm inside” slowly eats away at you, but at the same time you fear what people will think of you. I’ve lost friends, I’ve gotten plenty of hate, been pushed around, called a monster, and when I finally got to accept who I was, I felt free. Free to be myself. Soon, the word was spread and people constantly treated me different. I found beauty in it. I was able to show thousands of people that it wasn’t just a curse. It was how I was born. I can’t control how I feel, but I can control how I view myself. In return, others will see the beauty in it, much like the townspeople saw Elsa at the end of Frozen. I can truly say that after reading that article, it has shed a new light on Frozen. I simply feel reborn.
I’m glad I’m not the only person that took this added layer of meaning away from Frozen.