Disney Channel’s animated series The Owl House has made history by debuting the network’s first bisexual lead character.
The series follows Luz Noceda, a 14-year-old Dominican-American girl who goes on a journey to another world to become a witch – and she just happens to be bisexual.
In past episodes of the show, Luz has been attracted to male characters. But in two recent episodes, Enchanting Grom Fright and Wing It Like Witches, a relationship between Luz and Amity (another recurring female character) is explored.
The story reveals that Amity wanted to ask Luz to Grom (their world’s version of Prom) and they share a dance together.
If the message wasn’t clear enough, series creator Dana Terrace took to social media to confirm viewers’ theories that this was indeed a portrayal of an LGBTQ relationship.
In a series of tweets, Terrace told fans on how the character was approved, even though she faced some resistance at first.
“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. 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 also thanked the executives that supported her during the process.
“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.”
In dev 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 haha. 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.
— Dana Terrace (@DanaTerrace) August 9, 2020
Additionally, former animation supervisor for the show, Spencer Wan shared the original storyboard for the dance scene between Lux and Amity.
The storyboards for the dance. This was a collaboration between Hayley Foster and myself. At some point I got carried away and timed it to Veo Lu Sluice by Kumi Tanioka.
This was my first time getting to do anything even remotely queer, and I’ve never been prouder of any board. pic.twitter.com/r0ljIGRxTV
— Spencer Wan (@SpencerWan) August 9, 2020
This isn’t the first time Disney has included an openly LGBTQ character in one of its shows. However, in the past, these characters have only been represented in minor or non-recurring roles.
In the feature film Onward, Officer Spector identified as a lesbian. The show Andi Mack included a story arc where a character discovered they are gay. And the Pixar short film Out featured a gay main character in its Disney Plus launch.