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Baymax is an ally!

Disney’s new series ‘Baymax’ features a trans character and a gay couple

By John Patrick Magno Ranara Published Jul 01, 2022 1:41 pm

It looks like the puffy and caring robot Baymax is an ally of the LGBTQ community!

Disney's new series Baymax, released on Disney+ on June 29, is making the rounds online for featuring new characters that are part of the queer community.

The series focuses on Baymax and his life in the fictional city of San Fransokyo, where he sets out to do what he was programmed to do: help others. The series has six episodes so far, and two of them are catching the attention of viewers for its inclusion of LGBTQ characters.

One episode features a transmasculine character in a transgender flag shirt who is briefly seen offering menstrual pads to Baymax, while another shows a gay man who Baymax helps in asking the guy he likes on a date.

But as expected, there are some viewers who are not so keen with Disney showing queer characters in their animated works.

Christopher Rufo, an American conservative activist and writer, posted on Twitter the clip of the scene where Baymax is offered menstrual pads by the transman. 

He included in his post the caption, "I've obtained leaked video from Disney's upcoming show "Baymax," which promotes the transgender flag and the idea that men can have periods to children as young as two years old. It's all part of Disney's plan to re-engineer the discourse around kids and sexuality."

Other social media users, however, were quick to defend the scene.

"Baymax is just out here being a good ally and you’re really gonna be weird about it? Kids…have periods. If you didn’t know that, I feel like you’ve somehow been willfully ignorant about it," one user wrote.

One user emphasized that menstrual periods are a bodily function, and should be talked about more and be less embarrassed by it.

Others said that, "People like this, who get offended every time they represent the LGBT+ community in children's media, are exactly why the LGBT+ community should be represented since there would be less bigotry and ignorance if people learned that they existed from a young age."

The character of Baymax originated in the 2014 animated film Big Hero Six. He is designed as a healthcare robot, meaning he is programmed to improve the health of others by any means necessary.