Disney’s“The Owl House”Cast Member Confirms Their Main Lead Will Come Out as Bisexual in a New Episode — Here’s What This Means for an Entire Generation of Youth
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, it’s not news that Disney Channel’s newest cartoon series The Owl House features a canonically bisexual lead, a 14 year old Dominican Republic girl named Luz Noceda, along with, fellow female student Amity Blight, a canonically lesbian supporting character who was shown in an episode released last month to have romantic feelings for the lead.
However, It’s not uncommon for characters in modern childrens TV to be confirmed as LGBTQ+ by showrunners and voice actors. Characters like Wendy from Gravity Falls, Velma from Scooby Doo: Mystery Incorporated, and Peridot from Steven Universe have been confirmed to be bisexual, lesbian, and aromantic asexual off screen by their crew members, respectively.
What is uncommon, though, is Wendie Malick’s confirmation from mid August of this year that Luz will come out in an upcoming episode as bisexual.
I found out from reading the script that they sent me and I thought ‘well that’s interesting,’” Malick ( voice of Edalyn Clawthorne on The Owl House ) told Collins. “It’s a very diverse group behind this cartoon and I can’t say that I was surprised. Although you know this is a big move for Disney.
While Disney Channel has had coming out scenes before in shows such as Andi Mack, where Cyrus came out as gay in multiple episodes, they’ve never had a coming out scene for a girl or for a bisexual individual, meaning this episode will make huge history for Disney Channel.
Creator Dana Terrace stated in a thread of tweets back in August that getting this sort of LGBTQ+ portrayals in her show was a long battle between her and Disney. While she wanted Luz to be openly bisexual in the show, Disney, for a long time, did not support this idea. Fortunately, the executives at Disney TV Animation’s final verdict was to allow Luz to be bisexual in the show and, evidently, allow Amity to be canonically lesbian as well.
With these confirmations occurring early on in the show’s life ( Amity was confirmed to have a crush on Luz in the 16th episode of Season 1 ), it already stands apart from most other children’s cartoons with LGBTQ+ rep, such as She-Ra: Princess of Power, where the long awaited confirmation of a romance between leads Adora and Catra was confirmed in the fifth and final season.
Many Owl House fans are most excited for Luz to come out as bi in the upcoming season because of what this means to young LGBTQ+ kids. Before the last five years, it was very difficult to find LGBTQ+ representation in youth media that wasn’t placed as a joke or belittlement towards the community. Now, pre teens and adolescents questioning their identity will have scenes like this to remind them that their situation is not one to be distraught over, but one to accept and embrace.
Disney’s portrayals of LGBTQ+ characters have been met with overwhelming positivity, with news sites like CNN and Hollywood Reporter expressing support for this revelation and excitement for what’s to come in the future.
“The Owl House” is currently on hiatus, but stay tuned for the season 2 release date and time!