The creator of The Owl House confirmed that the show’s lead is bisexual.
Luz Noceda, a 14-year-old Dominican-American girl may not be Disney’s first LGBTQ+ character, but she is the first bisexual character to debut on a Disney television series. Pixar previously featured a gay main character in a short film on Disney Plus.
The Owl House television series follows Luz who accidentally stumbles upon a portal to another world and embarks on an adventure with Eda the Owl Lady to becoming a witch, despite not having any magical abilities. The show originally premiered on the Disney Channel on January 10, 2020. The show was renewed for a second season following the series premiere.
Series’ creator, Dana Terrace, revealed in a tweet that at first, Disney was not on board with the idea of having an LGBTQ+ character.
“I was told by certain Disney leadership that I could not represent any form of bi or gay relationship on the channel,” Terrace said.
However, Terrace, who herself identifies as bisexual, was insistent with her intention of featuring queer children in the main cast and really pushed Disney to allow the character.
“Luckily my stubbornness paid off, and now I am very supported by current Disney leadership,” she went on to say.
Terrace and her character Luz have received much positive feedback from viewers; many have thanked the series creator for representing the LGBTQ+ community in one of the biggest entertainment power houses.
One such person that was vocal of his appreciation was Alex Hirsch, the creator of Disney’s Gravity Falls. Disney did not allow Hirsch to feature any kind of LGBTQ+ representation, he tweeted to Terrace.
“Apparently ‘happiest place on earth’ meant ‘straightest,'” Hirsch wrote. “Thanks to Dana Terrace and team, there are explicitly queer animated main character on Disney TV.”