Disney confirmed today that the lead character in one of its series, The Owl House, is bisexual, making it the first Disney lead character to be so.
While this character, Luz Noceda, is not the first LGBTQ+ character to appear in Disney programming, she is the first bisexual character to appear in a Disney television series. The Owl House follows Luz Noceda, a Dominican-American, as she attempts to become a witch despite not having any magical abilities.
The show has already been renewed for a second season prior to its premiere in January 2020.
Apparently, making Luz Noceda bisexual was a battle between series creator Dana Terrace (who is also bisexual) and Disney, as Terrace related on Twitter:
“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…I was told by certain Disney leadership that I could not represent 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.”
It’s great to see Disney finally embracing the idea of more diverse characters in its programming, here’s hoping the trend continues in the future.