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REP👏RE👏SEN👏TATION👏 MATTERS! Sexuality included!
Look at Love On The Spectrum! Showcasing different kinds of love is important. Growing up with the ability to recognize and relate to someone you look up to, especially as young human, is so important. Representation matters. It matters as children and as adults, too!
Which is something Dana Terrace, the creator of ‘The Owl House‘, a pre-teen’s show on Disney, kept in mind with its creation.
She made sure Disney heard her LOUD AND CLEAR when she insisted on creating the show with the intention of including more diverse lead characters who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. Queer kids exist, so why aren’t they acknowledged? In fact, a few of the leadership at Disney were against the idea at first.
“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,” she tweeted.
“I was told by certain Disney leadership that I could not represent any form of bi or gay relationship on the channel.”
She introduced 14-year-old Dominican-American girl, Luz Noceda, who isn’t Disney’s first LGBTQ+ character, BUT it is Disney’s first bisexual character!
Terrace, who is bisexual, wanted to write about a bisexual character, so she stubbornly insisted that Disney let her carry her vision through.
“Luckily my stubbornness paid off, and now I am very supported by current Disney leadership,” she said.
Terrace has gotten loads of positive feedback from people ecstatic about finally seeing LGBTQ+ representation in children’s shows! Of course, there are the odd haters here and there but we’re just gonna brush those off real quick.
Here’s how: if heterosexual love/jokes can be portrayed in kids’ shows, then so can homosexual love/jokes! If they’re old enough to have a crush on the opposite sex, they’re also old enough to have a crush on the same sex.
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H/T: CTV News
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