Disney Features Its First Bisexual Lead Character In Animated Series “The Owl House”
Disney is fully embracing diversity after it confirmed its first bisexual lead character in the animated series “The Owl House”.
On Twitter, the series creator Dana Terrace confirmed that the lead character Luz Noceda is bisexual. Terrace, who is also bisexual, said she intended to reflect her own personal experiences in the animated series and was very open during the development process about featuring lead characters who are queer.
In “The Owl House”, 14-year-old Luz Noceda, a normal teen goes on a journey to another world to become a witch. Luz has shown she’s attracted to male characters in the show, and in the two most recent episodes, “Enchanting Grom Fright” and “Wing It Like Witches,” a relationship between Luz and the recurring female character Amity is explored. It is revealed that Amity had intentions to ask Luz to Grom, their world’s version of Prom, and the two share a dance together.
“In [development] I was very open about my intention to put queer kids in the main cast. I’m a horrible liar so sneaking it in would’ve been hard,” Terrace wrote on Twitter.
Terrace said Disney executives had initially told her not to include LGBTQ characters in the series, but she fought to keep them in:
“When we were greenlit I was told by certain Disney leadership that I could not represent any form of bi or gay relationship on the channel.”
Terrace added: “I’m bi! I want to write a bi character, dammit! Luckily my stubbornness paid off and now I am very supported by current Disney leadership.”
“Representation matters! Always fight to make what YOU want to see!” She concluded.
The series, produced by Disney Television Animation, premiered on Disney Channel in January.
Variety reports that this is not Disney’s first time including an openly LGBTQ character in a cast; however, up until this point, they have been represented in minor or non-recurring characters.