DISNEY has made history by confirming its first ever bisexual lead TV character, Luz Noceda, a Dominican-American teen who journeys to another world to become a witch.
The entertainment giant has been hailed for finally taking “steps towards inclusion and diversity” say LGBTQ+ campaigners.
CNN pointed out that Luz Noceda is not Disney’s first LGBTQ+ character.
“Pixar featured a gay main character in a short film on Disney Plus, but Luz is the first bisexual character to make a Disney debut on a television series”, it added.
According to Variety, 14-year-old Luz had previously shown that she’s attracted to male characters in The Owl House.
The series premiered in January this year, and shows imaginative Luz on her journey to becoming a witch’s apprentice.
She takes this path after ending up in the demon realm, where she meets a witch named Eda and warrior character King while journeying through a magical portal.
But, in recent episodes, ‘Enchanting Grom Fright’ and ‘Wing It Like Witches’, Luz and female character Amity share a dance together.
This happened after it was revealed that Amity was keen to to invite her to the series’ version of a prom.
Dana Terrace, the animated show’s creator, then revealed on Twitter that Luz is definitely bisexual.
She wrote: “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 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.”
The creator added: “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.
“Representation matters! Always fight to make what you want to see! As OH continues I can’t wait to explore things that are important to me and my crew. Looking forward to the next chapter.”
She won plenty of applause on social media, where people hailed her for being bold, and suggested that Disney should “take more risks with LGBT characters”.
Pink News in the UK wrote that Disney “has for some time fallen far behind what is expected when it comes to LGBT+ representation.
“Though Terrace didn’t confirm whether she was talking about Luz or Amity (or both) as the bisexual character, most fans have assumed her words to be about Luz given the numerous hints that have been dropped, and the fact that she’s the show’s protagonist.”
Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch told Terrace that when he made Gravity Falls, “Disney forbade me from any explicit LGBTQ+ rep.
“Apparently ‘happiest place on earth’ meant ‘straightest’.
“But as of today, thanks to @DanaTerrace & team there are explicitly queer animated main characters on Disney TV.
“I’m so proud & happy to say that.”
Disney’s new cartoon The Owl House was at one stage condemned by outraged parents who branded the cartoon “demonic and evil”.
After launching on the Disney Channel, the Conservative Christian activist group One Million Moms urged readers to sign a petition to cancel the show.
The cartoon follows the story of Luz, who stumbles through a portal to another world called the Boiling Isles – instead of going to her original destination – Reality Check Camp.
By chance she befriends witch Eda the Owl Lady and the 14-year-old decides that she wants to become a witch by serving as Eda’s apprentice at The Owl House, despite having no magical abilities.
Disney have described the programme as: “Luz, a self-assured teenage human girl, stumbles upon a portal to a magical new world where she befriends a rebellious witch, Eda, and an adorably tiny warrior, King.”
However, One Million Moms don’t agree with that description and aren’t happy the show has a second series.
The Christian activist group raged: “In The Owl House, Disney introduces kids to a world of demons, witches, and sorcery while inundating their young minds with secular worldviews that reflect the current culture.”