Through the designs on the panels created to memorialize Howard Ashman, it is possible to learn about the relationship between the Disney fandom and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Disney fandom creates a space for those with AIDS to connect with others about a topic other than their illness. It also gives the freedom to live in a fairytale world where one can get so wrapped up in the conflicts of a story that they can forget what is happening to them in the “real world”. I believe that anyone can be a part of the Disney fandom, no matter the sexuality or illness.
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