The Disney Channel continues to steer its young watchers away from heterosexuality and the life of marriage and family, with its Harry Potter-retread cartoon The Owl House recently revealing that one of its main characters is supposed to be homosexual, according to Insider.com.
This was nothing more than a reflection of the series creator’s desire to express her own sexuality to children, and that is proven by the creator’s tweet following the episode. Dana Terrace tweeted, “I’m bi! I wanted to write a bi character, dammit! Luckily my stubbornness paid off and now I am VERY supported by current Disney leadership.”
Terrace had earlier tweeted that she was initially told by “certain Disney leadership” that she was not able to represent “any form of bi or gay relationship on the Channel.”
While LGBTQ infiltration of animated children’s programming has vastly increased over the latter half of the 2010s, explicitly queer main characters are still somewhat scarce.
“The Owl House” blends immigrant issues, high school prom angst, the occult and homosexuality into a kind of ideal leftist cocktail, with an obvious rip-off of the popular Harry Potter series. It follows Luz, a Dominican-American teenager who travels through a magic portal into a magical world where she attends school and trains as a witch’s apprentice.