When people today talk about strong female characters in Disney animation, Merida's, Anna's and Elsa's names are often thrown around.

Now, don't get me wrong. These three women were definitely strong characters that broke away from stereotypical molds, but there is one Disney heroine that far predates them - Mulan.

Mulan is not only one of the best animated Disney movies to ever grace the silver screen, but it set the standard for strong independent female leads in Western animation. While Mulan is the first Disney movie to feature a strong female protagonist, the film itself may hold another Disney first: its first gay character!


No, not these guys.

According to this compelling fan theory, even though Shang is the love interest of the movie, you can actually see his character come to grips with his own sexuality over the course of the film. Let's take a closer look at the clues shall we?

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