For the first time in Disney's history, a LGBTQ character is playing a lead role in an animated series appearing on the Disney Channel.
Disney Channel's show The Owl House focuses on 14-year-old Luz Noceda, a bisexual and Dominican-American girl on a journey to become a witch, despite her lack of magical powers.
The show premiered in January and has dropped strong hints throughout its first season that its main character, Luz, and another female character, Amity, have feelings for each other. However, the show's creator hadn't confirmed it until now.
Although Luz isn't the first LGBTQ+ character to appear in Disney content, queer content on the Disney Channel is a huge stride in queer representation.
The announcement comes after the two episodes "Enchanting Grom Fright" and "Wing It Like Witches" aired which revealed a blossoming relationship between Noceda and the female character Amity Blight.
The series creator, Dana Terrace identifies as bisexual and admits that she was intrigued by the idea of creating "queer kids" in the story.
Creator Dana Terrace opened up on Twitter about the process to get a bisexual character in her show, saying that she "was told by certain Disney leadership that [she] could NOT represent any form of bi or gay relationship on the [Disney] Channel."
In 2012 the Disney censor note on this image would have been:
“inappropriate for channel, please revise, call to discuss” (to avoid a paper trail)
Now in 2020- there’s no note at all.
Props where props are due! This time, Disney- you did good. pic.twitter.com/HLDux1jNUk
— Alex Hirsch (@_AlexHirsch) August 9, 2020
Honestly this show is such a breath of fresh air. The “bi erasure” is unfortunately very real and the track record for canonically bi characters is not…great…
— Bri Gallagher (@crazylemur) August 9, 2020
Watching open queer representation on DISNEY CHANNEL meant the world to me.. I can only imagine what growing up with cartoons that have people like me represented would do to my self esteem and self acceptance💕 I’m so happy for the kids who will get this🌈🌈
— 𝖆𝖒𝖆𝖓𝖉𝖆 🔥🔥🔥 (@mandyprange) August 9, 2020
Earlier this year, a Cyclops cop who was voiced by openly gay screenwriter and actress Lena Waithe appeared in the Disney-Pixar animated film "Onward."
And in May, Disney+ debuted "Out," which starred a man named Greg who was struggling to tell his parents he was gay.
In recent years, children have been targeted more and more with the LGBTQ agenda in animated stories and other so-called family entertainment.
For many Christian parents, these awkward and confusing gay moments on the big screen are difficult to explain to their children.
Evangelist Franklin Graham and other conservatives have called on parents to boycott Disney's "LGBT agenda."
"They're trying to push the LGBT agenda into the hearts and minds of your children—watch out! Disney has the right to make their cartoons, it's a free country. But as Christians, we also have the right not to support their company. I hope Christians everywhere will say no to Disney," he said in a Facebook post.