The Owl House is So Gay, and I Love It
Mina Himlie, online publishing coordinator
Disney’s show The Owl House is gay, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. I mean it’s one of the best shows in the world because of the canon women-loving-women (WLW) representation.
Luz Noceda, a human, began the show by avoiding a summer camp to make her more “normal” by accidentally entering a weird, magical realm full of witches and demons called the Boiling Isles where everything is deadly – but in a fun way. If you’ve seen Gravity Falls, it has the same vibes.
As season one progresses it becomes obvious that Luz Noceda is bisexual, and Dana Terrace, the show’s creator, confirmed her bisexuality on Twitter. Now, we know that sometimes creators like the infamous JK Rowling have used Twitter to confirm things that may or may not be reflected in the art, but Luz is clearly written to be bisexual, writing that is all the more authentic and genuine given that Terrace is bisexual herself. Luz is shown to have an interest in men and to have a huge crush on a girl named Amity Blight, who later canonically becomes her girlfriend.
Amity starts out as a cold, mean character. But over the course of the first season, she starts to warm up to Luz’s lovable, awkward personality. Slowly, we see Amity become an increasingly gay disaster while Luz, the already-bisexual disaster, stands by obliviously.
All this pining culminates in season two when they officially become girlfriends. During the scene where this happens, their background colors mirror those of the lesbian flag on Amity’s side of the screen and the bisexual flag on Luz’s. This color representation is a small detail compared to the plot, but I absolutely loved it. It perfectly tied the scene together in a way that expressed explicit pride in their WLW identities.
It might not seem like a big deal to straight people, but having WLW characters use the word “girlfriend” or gay men using “boyfriend” means a lot. It’s representation that can’t be swept under the rug the way queer-coding can. We deserve more than that. So when we get this visibility, especially in a kids’ cartoon, it’s a huge win.
Especially for Disney. I love Disney, but the company is so homophobic. They’ve released so many “first” gay characters that it’s a joke. Not to mention that these characters almost never get more than a few seconds of screen time.
Unfortunately, due to the homophobia of Disney, the show got cancelled early in its run, with the upcoming season three being only three 40-minute episodes, despite Terrace’s plans for more storylines after that point. Right now season one and half of season two are both on Disney+ and Hulu+ live TV.
The plot has many nuances, lovable characters, and mysteries that couldn’t all be addressed here, so I highly recommend watching it for yourself. The official release date for the second part of season 2 has not yet been announced, but there is speculation in the fandom that it may return in December or January. That means there’s plenty of time for you to watch it for the first time and plenty of time for me to watch it for the fourth time. I can’t wait to see more of my favorite characters be gay and do crime!