Disney introduces first non-binary character in The Owl House TV series

Actor Avi Roque described the role as ‘a dream come true’

Louis Chilton
Sunday 25 July 2021 14:28 BST
The character Raine Whispers, as seen in ‘The Owl House'
The character Raine Whispers, as seen in ‘The Owl House' (Disney)

Disney has featured its first ever explicitly non-binary character in its children’s animated TV series The Owl House.

The character, Raine Whispers, featured in the latest episode of the series, and is voiced by Avi Roque, a non-binary actor.

The Owl House follows the adventures of a teenage girl named Luz Noceda, who is transported to another world by a magic portal.

Writing on Twitter, Roque said that the role represented a “dream come true”, and specified that Raine uses they/them pronouns.

The Owl House has been praised for its sexual and gender diversity in the past, and is the first Disney Channel programme to feature a bisexual leading character.

The show’s creator, Dana Terrace, claimed that she had initially faced pushback on representation from “certain” members of Disney leadership.

“In [development], I was very open about my intention to put queer kids in the main cast,” she tweeted last August. “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.”

However, she stipulated: “Now I am VERY supported by current Disney leadership. Representation matters! Always fight to make what YOU want to see!”

In the UK, The Owl House can be streamed on Disney Plus.

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