The Owl House creator Dana Terrace fought for representation on her animated series, and now she's making Disney Channel history. On Aug. 9, Dana shared a series of tweets explaining how she brought the network's first bisexual lead character to screens, and her feelings can be summed up in two simple words: "Representation matters!"
Luz Noceda is The Owl House's 14-year-old Dominican-American protagonist, on a quest to become a witch. In recent episodes it's revealed that Luz is attracted to both boys and girls. "In dev I was very open about my intention to put queer kids in the main cast," Dana explained on Twitter. "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."
Dana wouldn't let the the initial "nos" stop her, especially since her desire for diversity came from a personal place. "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," she wrote. "Representation matters! Always fight to make what YOU want to see!"
Luz joins the small, but growing, number of LGBTQ+ characters created by Disney. A Disney+ short recently illustrated a beautiful coming-out story, Lena Waithe voiced Pixar's first openly gay character in Onward, and last year, a Disney Channel character on Andi Mack had inspiring, open conversations with friends about his sexuality. There's still plenty of progress to be made, but we're here for the steps towards more representation!
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.— Dana Terrace (@DanaTerrace) August 9, 2020