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    Updated on Aug 21, 2020. Posted on Aug 18, 2020

    Disney Announced Its First Bisexual Lead In A TV Show And I'm Cuffing My Jeans In Excitement

    "I'm bi! I want to write a bi character, dammit!"

    Cuff your jeans and grab the blue hair dye, because Disney just announced its first bisexual character on a television show.

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    Ring the bells! Sound the alarms!

    That's right — 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's female characters hold hands and dance closely together in front of a purple night sky
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    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.

    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 dev 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 haha. 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.

    Alex Hirsch, the creator of Disney's Gravity Falls, faced the same issue when writing his characters.

    Thankfully, Terrace — who came out as bisexual while writing the show — was able to change their minds.

    I'm bi! I want to write a bi character, dammit! Luckily my stubbornness paid off and now I am VERY supported by current Disney leadership. (Thank you @NashRiskin and team!) Not to mention the amazingness of this crew.

    Needless to say, people on Twitter (and myself) are very excited to see this queer representation come to the screen.

    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.

    @DanaTerrace @NashRiskin 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...

    @DanaTerrace @NashRiskin 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🌈🌈

    It's unclear whether the show will discuss Luz's bisexuality in the first season's remaining two episodes, or in the next, already greenlit, season, but either way — what a great day to be queer!

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