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The Disney Channel has its first bisexual character 🌈

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The Disney Channel has its first bisexual character 🌈
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The Disney Channel series The Owl House just made history as the first Disney show with a main character who is bisexual.

The Pixar short Out, which was released on Disney+ in May, featured a gay main character, CNN previously reported. But The Owl House's Luz Noceda, a 14-year-old Dominican American girl who travels to another world to become a witch, is the first bisexual character to be featured in a Disney TV series, according to Variety.

The show premiered in January and just returned in June after a short break, according to ABC News. Throughout the series, Luz was "at odds" with another female character named Amity. But the two most recent episodes revealed that Amity wanted to ask Luz to Grom—their world's version of Prom—and they end up dancing together, Gizmodo reported.

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The series' creator, Dana Terrace, confirmed that Luz is bisexual in a tweet after the most recent episode aired, writing that Disney leadership initially told her that she could not depict a gay or bisexual relationship on the Disney Channel. But she didn't give up, and she says leadership is now very supportive.

"I'm bi! I want to write a bi character, dammit!," she tweeted on August 9. " Luckily my stubbornness paid off and now I am VERY supported by current Disney leadership."

She urged other creatives not to give up when it comes to fighting for characters who look like them. "Representation matters! Always fight to make what YOU want to see!," she wrote.

LGBTQ+ characters are lacking much of the film and media young people consume, despite the fact that an estimated 2 million to 3.7 million children under the age of 18 in the U.S. have an LGTBQ+ parent, according to a 2015 survey. Additionally, an estimated 1.3 million high school students (8%) reported identifying in the LGBTQ community, according to 2017 data from the CDC.

In 2019, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) conducted a review of films released by major studios in 2018. It found that just 18.2% contained characters identified as LGBTQ. But Disney didn't release any films with LGBTQ characters that year, GLAAD found.

As a result, Disney has faced increasing pressure over the years to include more diverse main characters and to show more queer relationships. Pride described many of Disney's first attempts at depicting queer characters as "blink-and-you-missed-it" moments, where the characters were shown only in passing. In March 2020, Onward featured the first openly gay animated character in a Disney movie. Officer Specter, a cyclops cop voiced by out actor Lena Waithe, mentions in passing that her "girlfriend's daughter got me pulling my hair out."

At the time that, critics wrote that, though the line was short and sweet, that's what made it so important. "It passes unremarked, because in this world, it's accepted as a fact of life," Sam Adams wrote for Slate. "Some babies have two daddies, and some babies have two mommies, even if those mommies happen to be centaurs or elves."

Twitter users, many of whom self-identified as LGBTQ, thanked Terrace for including an LGBTQ+ character in The Owl House. One person wrote, "LGBT representation is so important for kids trying to find themselves and I thank you so much for including it."

Jo Yurcaba is a writer and editor living in central North Carolina. They cover women's health, LGBTQ+ rights, and politics. When they're not writing, they're usually riding horses or eating lots of southern food.
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Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

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Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on www.comfortsforbaby.com to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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