It all began with one tweet.
When Alexis Isabel created the hashtag #GiveElseAGirlfriend earlier this month, a storm raged on in the Twittersphere, where fans inspired by Frozen's message of acceptance and love campaigned for Elsa to find happiness in a lesbian relationship.
As the petition continues to gather momentum, Idina Menzel — the voice behind Queen Elsa herself — weighed in on the topic, telling Entertainment Tonight;
“I think it’s great. Disney’s just gotta contend with that. I’ll let them figure that out.”
It's kind of hard to argue with the Queen of Arendelle herself.
While Mendel's support isn't firm confirmation that Elsa could be given a girlfriend in Frozen 2, a recent interview with director Chris Buck suggests that there's still a chance that this could become a reality:
"We will tackle other issues that, I think, are out there today that boys and girls, men and women, are dealing with. I think we’re very aware of what is happening in society. When the kids watch [Disney movies], they watch them over and over again, and if we don’t have a decent message in there, I think we’ve missed an opportunity."
If Disney wishes to address the lack of LGBT representation in their films, then Elsa's character would be the perfect place to start. Frozen's empowering message of tolerance inspired fans of all ages to be comfortable with themselves no matter what, celebrating love beyond the heteronormative "happily ever after" perpetuated by Disney in the past.
With news that Frozen 2 is already in production, audiences will have to wait until the film's release to see whether Disney decided to give Elsa a girlfriend or not, spreading a message of equality to a whole new generation.