The upcoming live action remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast‘ is set to feature Disney‘s first gay character, which tbh seems like about bloody time.

Anyone who’s seen the classic animation will remember LeFou‘s swooning admiration for Gaston (“No one’s slick as Gaston / No one’s quick as Gaston / No one’s neck’s as incredibly thick as Gaston’s”), which is just fabulously camp enough to fly with the 1991 audience.

But now, director Bill Condon has said that he and the film’s writers and producers have developed LeFou’s character (played by Josh Gad) into a man slowly realising that his admiration for Gaston (Luke Evans) is something more than platonic, as a way of increasing LGBT visibility on screen.

Speaking to Attitude Magazine, he said:

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realising that he has these feelings.

“And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”

Shortly after news broke, Gad tweeted that he was “beyond proud”.

And look. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ might contain Disney’s first exclusively gay moment, but that doesn’t mean the movie house hasn’t danced real close in the past.

There’s also some backlash from the LGBT community online.

LeFou might the first explicitly gay character, but he’s also the dweeby sidekick to the film’s villain.

Regardless – ‘Gaston’ is low key the best song in the entire film and I will fight anyone who says otherwise.

Photo: Disney.