In 2013, Disney released "Frozen."

Photo by Mike Mozart/Flickr.


The movie turned out to be ... pretty popular.

Children were sort of into it. Photo via iStock.

Since "Frozen" ended with Anna and Kristof getting their reciprocal crushes on, fans have been clamoring to ship Queen Elsa with ... someone in the inevitable sequel.

Photo by Mike Mozart/Flickr (cropped).

With "Frozen 2" officially in the works now, fans on Twitter came up with brilliant idea: Not only should Elsa finally get a love interest in the new movie, that love interest should be a woman.

The tweet that started it all was simple enough:


But pretty soon, fans started taking it seriously.


Some LGBT fans chimed in to say how much they would have loved to see themselves represented on screen as kids.


A few noted that a gay Disney princess could not only help LGBT kids feel accepted — it could help them feel empowered to come out.


Others pointed out that giving Elsa a female partner affirms the movie's message ... by quoting the movie itself:


Though Elsa makes it through "Frozen" without a romantic side-quest (and hey, that's cool too!) ... giving her a same-gender love interest totally works.

Despite that whole flee-the-kingdom-after-causing-endless-winter mix-up, Elsa is queen of Arendelle now, which means she's free to choose whoever the heck she wants.

Bow down. Photo via annca/Pixabay.

And ... let's face it: "Let it Go" is already, like, the most obvious coming out anthem of all time (so obvious that Diana Ross' "I'm Coming Out" is now in second place).

More importantly, it would be a huge boost for LGBT kids and a historic moment for "Disney."

While the company has given its iconic princess characters female partners in its more adult properties, giving Queen Elsa a co-queen — and treating it like it's no big deal — lets young viewers know that it's not only OK to love whoever you love, you can do so and still be a fierce, capable leader.

It would certainly get many fans lining up for "Frozen 2" a lot sooner.

Anna and Elsa. Photo by clemce666/DeviantArt.

The first nonstraight Disney princess? A move that would mean so much to so many? Hard not to root for.

What do you say, "Disney?" Let's build this particular snowman, eh?

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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy asked his Senate colleagues the questions millions of Americans have after a mass shooting.

Another school shooting. Another mass murder of innocent children. They were elementary school kids this time. There were 18 children killed—so far—this time.

The fact that I can say "this time" is enraging, but that's the routine nature of mass shootings in the U.S. It happened in Texas this time. At least three adults were killed this time. The shooter was a teenager this time.

The details this time may be different than the last time and the time before that, and the time before that, and the time before that. But there's one thing all mass shootings have in common. No, it's not mental illness. It's not racism or misogyny or religious extremism. It's not bad parenting or violent video games or lack of religion.

Some of those things have been factors in some shootings, but the single common denominator in every mass shooting is guns. That's not a secret. It's not controversial. It's fact. The only thing all mass shootings have in common is guns.

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Man uses TikTok to offer 'dinner with dad' to any kid that needs one, even adult ones

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud.

Come for the food, stay for the wholesomeness.

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud. His TikTok channel is dedicated to giving people intimate conversations they might long to have with their own father, but can’t. The most popular is his “Dinner With Dad” segment.

The concept is simple: Clayton, aka Dad, always sets down two plates of food. He always tells you what’s for dinner. He always blesses the food. He always checks in with how you’re doing.

I stress the stability here, because as someone who grew up with a less-than-stable relationship with their parents, it stood out immediately. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief at Clayton’s consistency. I also noticed the immediate emotional connection created just by being asked, “How was your day?” According to relationship coach and couples counselor Don Olund, these two elements—stability and connection—are fundamental cravings that children have of their parents. Perhaps we never really stop needing it from them.


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