It’s About Damn Time: Disney Finally Gives Us Canon Queer Rep With ‘The Owl House’

Good news everyone! Disney is finally giving us some LGBTQIA+ representation with their first ever bisexual character. And, ofc, we have no choice but to stan. 

The Owl House is a Disney cartoon about Luz, a 14-year-old Dominican-American girl on her quest to become a witch—despite not having any magical abilities. On her adventures, she’s joined by The Owl Lady, a powerful, tired and cynical old sorceress and a pint-sized creature with a cartoon skull for a head called the King of Demons. 

So basically: it’s the lesbian witches on TikTok hexing the moon and making this happen for me.

And, while the series premiered earlier this year in January and is a pretty fun show on it’s own, as of earlier this week, it’s made Disney history. In the latest episode, Luz goes to her school’s prom with Amnity, another young witch and actual canon lesbian. They dance in the moonlight, blush and flirt like adorable awkward teens. And, naturally, the internet lost it.

As CNN reports, this isn’t the first time Disney has featured a character who was part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Earlier this year, Pixar featured a gay main character in a short film called Out on Disney Plus. But, The Owl House character marks the first queer representation and queer main character on a Disney TV show ever, which for a company that’s historically coded its villains as gay, is a pretty big deal, ngl. 

And, for creator Dana Terrace, queer representation was an incredibly important issue.

“I was very open about my intention to put queer kids in the main cast,” Terrace, who also identifies as bisexual, tweeted. “I’m a horrible liar so sneaking it in would’ve been hard.

“I was told by certain Disney leadership that I could not represent any form of bi or gay relationship on the channel. Luckily my stubbornness paid off, and now I am very supported by current Disney leadership.”

Before this, Disney had never given us a proper queer character. Sure, we embraced queer-coded characters like the power-hungry theatrical gay uncle (a G’uncle, if you will) Scar from The Lion King, Ursula from The Little Mermaid—who was inspired by legendary drag queen Divine—or bicon Shang-Chi from Mulan—who may I remind you, liked Mulan when she was both male-presenting and femme—but it has been a looong road to get some genuinely queer characters in the Disney universe.  

If you’re looking for more LGBTQIA+ content, I recommend Steven Universe, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Sailor Moon and Adventure Time.

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.