Disney has confirmed it has a bisexual lead character on “The Owl House” series. Disney’s first bisexual character is portrayed by a 14- year-old Dominican American girl, Luz Noceda. She is not Disney’s first LGBTQ+ character. Pixar Featured a gay main character in a short film an Disney Plus, but Luz is the first bisexual character to make a debut on a television series.
As she is the first bisexual character to be featured in a Disney TV series as well as she travels to another world to become a witch.
The show premiered in January and just returned in June after a short interval. Throughout the series, Luz was “at odds” with another female character named Amity. They have feelings for eachother. Even so, the show’s creator had not confirmed it untill now.
Dana Terrace is the creator of this series opened up on the Twitter about the process to get a bisexual character in her series, saying that she “was told by certain Disney leadership that [she] could NOT represent any form of bi or gay relationship on the [Disney] Channel.”
The creator of of Disney’s Gravity Falls, Alex Hirsch went through with the same issue when writing his characters.
Then she pushed other creatives to not give up when it comes to fighting for characters who look like them. “Representation matters! Always fight to make what YOU want to see!” she wrote.
In film and media that younger audiences consume, LGBTQ+ characters are lacking despite the fact that an estimated 2 million to 3.7 million children under the age of 18 in the U.S. have an LGTBQ+ parent, according to a 2015 survey.
And according to 2017 data from the CDC, an estimated 1.3 million high school students (8%) reported identifying in the LGBTQ community.
Gratefully Terrace- who came up with bisexual character while writing the show change their minds.
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. (Thank you to my entire team!) Not to mention the amazing of this crew.
As a result of this, Disney has been faced with mounting pressure over the years to include more diverse main characters and show more queer relationships.
Terrace serves as an animator, director, writer, producer, storyboard artist and voice actress all by herself. Dana is most known for creating Disney’s The Owl House, as well as being a writer, storyboard artist, and doing additional voices in The Owl House.
She has been received tons of positive feedback from viewers. People are showing love for representing the LGBTQ+ community and wishing they had a show like “The Owl House” when they were children.
“Apparently ‘happiest place on earth’ meant ‘straightest. Thanks to Dana Terrace and team, there are explicitly queer animated main character on Disney TV. This time, Disney- you did good. Representation matters,” Alex Hirsch tweeted.
Terrace encourages others to fight for what they want to see represented in the media and society. “Representation matters!” she says.
It’s unclear whether the show will discuss Luz’s bisexuality in the first season’s remaining two episodes, or in the next, already greenlit, season, but either way — what a great day to be queer!