Throughout the Oz books, we see that Ozma has several indicators of perhaps being gay: She never takes a boyfriend, she has a... erm... very close friendship with Dorothy, and some people claim that she is in a relationship with Dorothy in book six.

She was also a boy for the large majority of her childhood, so perhaps her transition wasn't as smooth as it appeared to be?

Ozma being lesbian is also a popular theory on the Internet — see here.

Is there anything in the text to indicate that Ozma is gay?

  • Where in book 6 (The Emerald City of Oz) does it imply that Dorothy and Ozma get married? I've never heard this theory and I'm quite curious. Also, if we're going to go with "never has a het marriage = potentially gay," then the Scarecrow is much more likely given his relationship with the Tin Man. The Tin Man (fka Nick Chopper) has a canonical female ex-fiancée, so he could be arguably bi. Oct 23 '17 at 9:45
  • @LaurenIpsum - she's the only one who can enter Ozma's room uninvited, they live together, etc... See also Wikipedia. Oct 23 '17 at 19:44
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    Okay, I reread Book 6 this evening, and while there are several places which imply a close relationship, there is nothing which hints at a marriage ceremony taking place. However, these books were written at the beginning of the 20th century, and some of the language around friendshp and intimacy has drifted. "Tender kisses and embraces" could be used in a platonic sense in 1910, even if it's pretty explicitly sexual/romantic 100 years later. So while there's room to argue that they are in a relationship, it's not heavily implied anywhere. Oct 24 '17 at 1:44
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    @Randal'Thor And that ends with Nimmie having made herself a husband of all the Tin men's chopped-off meat parts (it's Oz, just go with it), so she has no interest in either former boyfriend. Baum doesn't really show courting, even of straight couples, so there's no reason he'd show the courting of a gay couple. Basically, there's room for interpretation and implication of an Ozma/Dorothy relationship, but since Baum doesn't show any adult romantic relationships in detail, he wasn't going to show that one either. Oct 31 '17 at 13:08
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    @Randal'Thor (Also, while Ozma is a fairy and her age is fungible, Dorothy is I think 10 in The Wizard of Oz, and Neill's illustrations throughout Baum's 14 stories definitely show her as pre-pubescent or a young teen. She's not old enough to be in a romantic and/or sexual relationship with anyone.) Oct 31 '17 at 13:10

Well, Ozma makes Dorothy the princess of Oz and a "constant companion", they spend time walking in the garden kissing, Ozma was a boy when she first appears in the series, there's an army of pissed off women, they mention that only Dorothy is allowed in Ozma's bedroom without needing to ask permission, when she the wizard and her cousin appeared Ozma and Dorothy spent a lot of time in said bedroom making them wait, oh and in the first book Dorothy had a crush on the China Princess. There's lots more lesbian overtones in the series if you read the books.

Keep in mind, the Oz books did take place over 14 years and Baum really didn't say how old Dorothy was in each one. And Ozma's basically an immortal fairy. Also she's the queen so they don't need a ceremony, only her word.

And they aren't even the only potentially lesbian characters.

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    Walking in the garden kissing? Can you include a quote from the books where this happens?
    – Rand al'Thor
    Nov 16 '19 at 22:04

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