Diversity is making its way onto the Disney Channel. Disney has confirmed it has a bixsexual lead character on “The Owl House” series.The 14-year-old Dominican-American girl, Luz Noceda, is not Disney’s first LGBTQ+ character.
Pixar featured a gay main character in a short film on Disney Plus, but Luz is the first bisexual character to make a Disney debut on a television series.”The Owl House” series follows Luz’s adventure to becoming a witch, even though she does not have any magical abilities.
At first, “certain Disney leadership” was not too fond of the idea of having an LGBTQ+ character, said the series’ creator, Dana Terrace, in a tweet.
“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,” she says in her tweet. “I was told by certain Disney leadership that I could not represent any form of bi or gay relationship on the channel.”Terrace identifies as bisexual. She wanted to write about a bisexual character, so she really pushed Disney to allow the character.”
Luckily my stubbornness paid off, and now I am very supported by current Disney leadership,” she said.Terrace has gotten tons of positive feedback from viewers. Many are thanking her for representing the LGBTQ+ community, and wishing they had a show like “The Owl House” when they were children.
In “The Owl House,” a teenager finds herself stuck in the Demon Realm and battles the forces of evil alongside a rebellious witch and a pint-sized warrior. One of those commenters is Alex Hirsch, the creator of Disney’s “Gravity Falls.”
Disney forbade Hirsch from any kind of LGBTQ+ representation, he says in a tweet to Terrace.”Apparently ‘happiest place on earth’ meant ‘straightest,'” he says in his tweet. “Thanks to Dana Terrace and team, there are explicitly queer animated main character on Disney TV.”+