Cover Photo: Illustration by Levi Hastings for Catapult / Disney
Illustration by Levi Hastings for Catapult / Disney

How Disney’s Animated Movies Awakened My Queer Imagination

Animation can teach a kid a lot about themselves and the world around them. Disney movies taught me about my queer desires.

 thirst, reading queerly, and the films that have shaped his identity as a gay man.


Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, . Snow White

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George of the Jungle

Manuel Betancourt is a film critic and a cultural reporter based in New York City. His academic work on queer film fandom has appeared in Genre and GLQ, while his work of cultural criticism has been featured in The Atlantic, Film Quarterly, Esquire, Pacific Standard, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. He is a regular contributor to Remezcla where he covers Latin American cinema and U.S. Latino media culture, and Electric Literature, where he writes about book-to-film adaptations. He has a Ph.D. but doesn't like to brag about it.