Disney now has its first bisexual main character thanks to The Disney Channel's animated series The Owl House.
After debuting a recent episode of the series, show artist Dana Terrace revealed on Twitter that the series' main character, Luz Noceda – a Dominican-American girl – is definitely bisexual.
The Owl House, which premiered in January, revolves around 14-year-old Luz who finds a portal to a fantasy world and tries to fulfill her dream of becoming a witch while attending school there.
Owl House creator, Dana Terrace, revealed that the main character Luz Noceda (right) is bisexual after a recent story explored Luz's relationship with student Amity (left).
Terrace tweeted that she had originally been told not to include LGBTQ relationships on the show, but she struggled to represent them
Luz used to be shown attracted to male characters, but on the recent episode "Enchanting Grom Fright," the series began exploring a relationship between Luz and Amity Blight, a student at the school.
As a result, Amity says she has feelings for Luz and wanted to ask her to go to Grom, a prom-like event. There the two dance together.
The terrace is pictured in October 2019
In her tweets, Terrace confirmed that Luz is bisexual and said she struggled with "certain Disney leadership" to ensure that "queer children" were in the main cast of her show.
29-year-old Terrace first noticed that she had done a prom episode to make up for my own experience. Back then, PROM was an anagram for "Perennial Ritual Offering Maiden". & # 39;
She then tweeted during the development of the series, “I was very open to my intention to include queer kids in the main cast. I'm a terrible liar so it would have been hard to sneak in, haha, ”she said tweeted.
"When we were lit in green, I was told by a certain Disney guide that I could NOT depict any form of bi or gay relationship on the channel."
However, Terrace refused to back off her desire to represent LGBTQ characters on the show.
& # 39; I'm bi! I want to write a bi character, damn it! Luckily my stubbornness paid off and now I am VERY supported by the current Disney leadership, ”she wrote, thanking her crew and specifically checking out Doug Bensimon, director of the current series at Disney Television Animation.
& # 39; Representation is important! Always fight to do what YOU want to see! & # 39; Terrace wrote.
As a result, Luz (left) and Amity (right) took part in their prom version of the prom called "Grom", in which the two danced together
Terrace tweeted that she was bisexual and wanted to create a bisexual character for the show
Alex Hirsch, who created Disney's Gravity Falls, said he was previously banned from including LGBTQ references on the show. Terrace worked on Gravity Falls once
Hirsch tweeted the picture of Luz and Amity dancing together, imagining what Disney's note would have been if the scene had been written eight years ago
Alex Hirsch, creator of the Disney animated series Gravity Falls, which Terrace had worked on in the past, tweeted about his own experience trying to include an LGBTQ character on his series.
& # 39; Back when I got GF Disney to BAN ME from an explicit LGBTQ + rep. Apparently "happiest place in the world" meant "most straightforward", "deer." wrote on twitter.
& # 39; But from today, thanks to @DanaTerrace & Team, there are explicitly queer ANIMATED MAIN CHARACTERS on DISNEY TV. I am so proud and happy to say that, ”he added.
Hirsch also tweeted a picture of Luz and Amity dancing.
& # 39; In 2012 the Disney censorship note on this picture would have been: unsuitable for the channel, please revise, call to discuss "(to avoid a paper trail) Now in 2020 there is no note at all. Props where props are due! This time, Disney – you did well, "wrote Hirsch, commenting on the picture.
Terrace returned to Twitter on Friday to resolve the early problems she had with including LGBTQ characters on her series.
"I will never fully adjust myself to Disney as a company, but I will not blow up the leaders who fought for me." Only love for allies, ”she said tweeted.
The 2017 live-action Disney Channel series Andi Mack featured a main character who revealed he had feelings for another male character. It was the first time a gay act was included on any of the network's shows.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney's written character and storyline policy at this time should emphasize inclusion, "with stories that reflect acceptance and tolerance and celebrate the differences that make our characters uniquely wonderful in their own way."
LGBTQ characters had previously appeared in supporting or one-time roles in Disney films and TV shows.
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