Finding a source to answer the question: What is the relationship between Disney fandom culture and the HIV/AIDS epidemic?
-How did Disney fandom grow from the end of the Disney Dark Ages (1970-1988) to the Disney Renaissance (1989-1999)?
-How did Disney fandom interact with gay culture in the last century?
The book Tinker Belles and Evil Queens: The Walt Disney Company from the Inside Out by Sean Griffin is about finding the relationship between Disney and gay culture. Gay culture was very affected by the AIDS epidemic, so by finding how Disney is connected to gay culture, one may be able to find a connection to the AIDS epidemic. The book even says that many AIDS quilt panels have Disney Iconography and/or lyrics. The Little Mermaid is a good example, as the film can be analyzed to see a gay storyline. The Little Mermaid was the first movie in Disney’s Renaissance era which was the era that saw the resurgence of a fan culture after a company-wide decline due to Walt Disney’s death. There is also the unofficial “Gay Days” events at Disneyland and Disney World.