Disney Confirms First Bisexual Lead Character In ‘The Owl House’
If you’ve been following along with MickeyBlog then you know that earlier this week, we shared a rumor that Disney Channel may be about to introduce its first bisexual lead character in “The Owl House.” Today, according to a recent piece in Variety, the creatives behind the series have confirmed that the rumors are true!
According to the piece, Luz Noceda, the show’s 14-year-old protagonist is a normal teen who ventures to another world to become a witch. Followers of the series will know that Luz had previously shown that she was attracted to male characters in the show but over the last two episodes “Enchanting Gram Fright” and “Wing It Like Witches” a relationship started to form between her and another female character Amity.
Series creator Dana Terrance recently took to Twitter to address the topic saying that the fact that this was an LGBTQ relationship was true but something that Disney execs weren’t necessarily interested in having as part of the show. She said, “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.” Terrace continued, “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.”
However, Terrace went on to reveal that she’s did eventually get the support Disney’s higher-ups.“I’m bi! I want to write a bi character, dammit!” Terrace tweeted. “Luckily my stubbornness paid off and now I am very supported by current Disney leadership.” You can see one of Terrance’s tweets addressing the topic.
When I was first developing Owl House I always wanted to do a prom episode to make up for my own experiences. Back then PROM was an anagram for "Perennial Ritual Offering Maiden". I'm so INCREDIBLY grateful for the crew working to make this episode so badass. pic.twitter.com/Ak8dNVMAdo
— Dana Terrace (@DanaTerrace) August 9, 2020
Former animation supervisor for “The Owl House” Spencer Wan shared the original storyboard for the dance scene between Lux and Amity, writing that it was his “first time getting to do anything even remotely queer.” You can check out the tweet below!
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
As Variety points out, this is not Disney’s first time including an openly LGBTQ character in the cast. Last year Pixar’s Onward featured Office Spector (voiced by Lena Waithe) who identified as a lesbian in the film. Also Disney Channel’s Andi Mack broke new ground when one of the lated characters discovers they are gay.
This is a story that we’ll continue to follow closely here at MickeyBlog, keep following along and be sure to watch “The Owl House” on Disney Channel.
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