Disney has made history with its first bisexual lead character in a kids’ show, according to reports.
Luz Noceda, the 14-year-old lead in the Disney Channel’s animated series “The Owl House,” has previously shown interest in boys — but has pursued a recurring female character, Amity, in the two most recent episodes, Variety reported.
While Disney has shown LGBTQ characters before, it is the first of its kids’ shows with a lead who is bisexual, the trade mag said of the show rated for children aged 7 and above.
“I’m bi! I want to write a bi character, dammit!” series creator Dana Terrace has tweeted, claiming that unidentified Disney higher-ups initially forbid her from “any form of bi or gay relationship on the Channel.”
“Luckily my stubbornness paid off and now I am VERY supported by current Disney leadership,” she said, also praising the “amazingness” the show’s crew for making “badass” episodes.
“Representation matters!” Terrace tweeted — telling followers to “be gay do witchcraft.”
In the show, Luz — voiced by Sarah-Nicole Robles — is a regular teenager who accidentally stumbles upon a portal to a magical new world where she befriends a rebellious witch, Eda, and an adorably tiny warrior, King.
Her interest in Amity developed over the last two episodes, with the pair sharing a dance together after she asks her to “grom,” their world’s version of prom, according to Variety.
GLAAD said it was “excited” about the “LGBTQ-inclusive storytelling” which it said portrayed “an inclusive, fair, accurate, and age-appropriate world through the representation of its characters.”
Terrace said she had always been “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 haha,” the creator tweeted.
“Andi Mack” became the first show on Disney Channel to have a gay character, while the Pixar short film “Out” featured a gay main character in its Disney Plus launch, Variety noted.
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