Meet Disney’s first-ever nonbinary character

Twitter | @ok_roque

Disney has just made history with the introduction of the first nonbinary character on a Disney Channel show. In the newest season of the fantasy/adventure series “The Owl House,” a nonbinary character named Raine Whispers has been added to the cast.

Voiced by Avi Roque, the character of Raine identifies as nonbinary and uses the pronouns they/them. Best of all, Roque is nonbinary as well, so this role is the perfect fit and a great example of inclusive casting.

On their Twitter page, Roque talks about their new role and what the opportunity means to them.

Roque says the part is a “dream come true,” and the news quickly received tons of support from fans on social media.

Twitter user @NonBineyBanshee wrote that they loved to see the use of they/them pronouns.

Meanwhile, Twitter user @pipophany explained that seeing a nonbinary character was invaluable to them as they discovered their own gender identity.

“The Owl House” first debuted in January 2020. Since its inception, “The Owl House” has been applauded for its LGBTQ+ representation. The main character, Luz, is bisexual and has a romantic storyline with Amity, who is a lesbian. Luz was the first bisexual lead character on a Disney Channel show.

Show creator Dana Terrace has stated that creating LGBTQ+ characters was important to her. But Disney was downright against the idea at first.

On Twitter in August 2020, Terrace tweeted about the experience, saying that during development, Disney shut down the possibility for gay or bi characters, but Terrace persisted nonetheless.

As she explains in another tweet, her stubbornness paid off and she was able to convince Disney that it was time to bring more LGBTQ+ diversity to their programming.

Terrace’s bravery and determination earned kudos from fellow show creators, like Alex Hirsch, who created “Gravity Falls.”

“Back when I made [Gravity Falls] Disney FORBADE me from any explicit LGBTQ+ rep. Apparently ‘happiest place on earth’ meant ‘straightest,'” Hirsch tweeted to Terrace.

It’s great to see Disney finally acknowledging LGBTQ+ characters on their shows!

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