The internet wants Captain America to have a boyfriend — preferably his old bestie, Bucky.
Last month, Twitter exploded with the new hashtag #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend, urging Disney and Marvel to give The Avenger's movie series a prominent LGBT role.
Steve Rogers, the face behind Captain America (and played by Chris Evans), has had *SPOILERS* two female love interests since his first appearance in his first movie, "Captain America: The First Avenger." The first is the late Peggy Carter, who passed away in the more recent "Civil War" in her senior years. The second is Peggy's niece, Sharon Carter, who Rogers meets in the latest Avengers blockbuster.
However, fans are a bit off-put by Rogers sticking to the Carter family. "#GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend I see people thinking that this is a bad idea, but apparently him dating his dead girlfriend's niece is fine," one Twitter user said in a public tweet.
With the addition of the hashtag, fans seem to have a very specific boyfriend in mind — Bucky Barnes, Roger's long-time best friend since 1942. After all, they have been through a lot together, saving each other's lives and essentially having three movies about their relationship.
Noting the surge in demand for an LGBT Captain America, GLAAD released a response.
"It's getting increasingly difficult to ignore that LGBT people remain almost completely shut out of Hollywood's big budget comic films that have dominated the box office over the past couple of years," GLAAD Entertainment Media Strategist Megan Townsend said.
Not everyone is pleased with the idea.
"#GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend? How about we get the blue-haired, tattoo-bespeckled land mass that created this hashtag a boyfriend instead?," another Twitter user said, attacking the person that started the hashtag trend.
Another Twitter user proposed a different hashtag: "Let's trend #StopGayingAllTheThings. Time for anyone NOT in LGBTQAAIP gaystapo to fight back. #GiveCaptainAmericaABoyfriend"
LGBT superhero characters have not yet touched the big screen, but they do span comics and television shows. In CW's series "The Flash," characters Sara Lance (alias Black Canary) and Nyssa Raatko form a relationship when Lance joins Raatko in the league of assassins.
Lance is also bisexual in another DC Comics show on the air, “Legends of Tomorrow.”
In the Netflix original series “Jessica Jones,” the protagonist’s lawyer Jeri Hogarth is an open lesbian who has a wife (but takes on her assistant as a lover). The show also features a married gay couple as minor characters leading up to the first season’s finale.
Captain America isn’t the only character fans want to wave the pride flag. Twitter users have also launched a campaign to make Elsa a lesbian in the next “Frozen” sequel with the trending hashtag #GiveElsaAGirlfriend.
The social media campaign did not go unnoticed. Idina Menzel, the voice behind Elsa, spoke with “Entertainment Tonight” to share her thoughts.
"I think it's great," Menzel said in the interview. "Disney's just gotta contend with that. I'll let them figure that out."
Disney has also blown up recently on social media as fans have pointed out a possible lesbian couple in the latest trailer for “Finding Dori.”
“Why do people care if there is a lesbian couple in Finding Dori...Dori is voiced by a lesbian,” said one Twitter user, pointing out openly gay voice actress Ellen DeGeneres.
Even outside of Twitter, fans are stepping up to push more inclusion of LGBT characters in media.
Jordan Krueger, director of operations for CREDO Action, launched a petition to put an LGBT captain on Star Trek.
“Star Trek has always been a leader in diverse casting,” Krueger said in a statement. “It brought us Black characters in leadership roles, with rich characterization, a groundbreaking move in a world where many actors of color still struggle to find roles of substance. It showed us strong women who were uncompromising and compassionate and respected. But it has never shown us an LGBT character in a leading role. In fact, it has never portrayed LGBT people in a way that reflected our experiences or didn't put us in sadistic villainous roles.”
Krueger targets the petition to CBS, Paramount, and producer Bryan Fuller, who will be working on the new Star Trek series releasing next year.
“I consider myself a Star Trek fan through-and-through,” he added. “But I would be devastated if another series ignores lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people the way past series have done. I want to see people like me on Star Trek!”