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Best LGBTQ+ TV Shows on Disney+ Right Now

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Although Disney+ still has some way to go to compete with many of its competing streaming services, they have a few standout TV shows with LGBTQ+ representation. Disney and Disney+ have often shied away from queer representation in the past, as they try to woo large markets and don’t want to rock the boat with more conservative audiences. Still, viewers interested in shows featuring queer characters and relationships still have several options to choose from.

Disney is infamous for keeping its LGBTQ+ representation from becoming more than subtext. Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch claimed Disney blocked him from including queer characters and the newer series The owl house had to fight for its revolutionary representation. For the most part, though, Disney’s LGBTQ+ representation has been kept to a bare minimum, like with the MCU series. Lokiwhich only included a brief moment in episode 3 that alluded to Loki’s bisexuality and easter egg on his gender identity.

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The inclusion of a Pride collection on Disney+ for June 2022 suggests that the streamer could really hope to fix this problem. Despite its many hiccups along the way, Disney still has exciting queer characters, relationships, and conflicts. Here are the best LGBTQ+ shows on Disney+, along with other entrants that include notable portrayal moments.

Joy


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The Musical Drama Series Joyabout a high school Glee Club, was groundbreaking when it aired from 2005 to 2015. The show’s choir members dealt with many difficult social issues, and several prominent characters came to terms with their sexuality throughout the series. Joy helped pave the way for future LGBTQ+ representation on television, beginning with Kurt’s exit in Season 1 and ending with multiple canon queer relationships. Although his handling of certain topics has not always been excellent, particularly his problematic portrayals of bisexual and trans identities, Joy gave LGBTQ+ audiences the kind of content they couldn’t find elsewhere in mainstream media at the time.


Cultivated


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The Blackish spin off Cultivated followed the Johnsons’ eldest daughter, Zoey, after she left home for college. As with many coming-of-age shows, Zoey and her friends encounter many setbacks while figuring out who they are, including bisexual Nomi Segal, who was in relationships with both men and women throughout the series. Cultivated highlighted Nomi’s conflicts coming out of her family, as well as navigating the homophobia and biphobia of her peers at school. Freeform has renewed the LGBTQ+ TV show for a fifth season.

Diary of a Future President


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Diary of a Future President followed 13-year-old Elena Cañero-Reed as she aspired to become President of the United States when she grew up. Her older brother Bobby, who slowly came to terms with his sexuality over the course of the series, finally came out to Elena in Season 2 and went on his first date with a boy shortly after. Diary of a Future President didn’t shy away from Bobby’s struggles as a closeted gay high school student, but he also made sure to dwell on the joys of his budding relationship with a boy named CJ. Diary of a Future President was unfortunately canceled after two seasons, but viewers can rewatch Bobby’s journey anytime on Disney+.


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Runaways


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Adapted from the comics of the same name, Marvel’s Runaways The series followed a group of teenagers fighting against their parents and the evil organization they were part of. Runaways overturned several stereotypes typical of teen dramas, such as with the golden child Karolina, who wanted to break away from her religious upbringing and the image her peers had of her. Among other things, Karolina secretly struggled with her sexuality. As she grew more confident in who she was, Karolina eventually pursued a relationship with Nico, who is bisexual. Runaways ran for three seasons on Hulu and is available now on Disney+.


The owl house


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Fantasy anime series The owl house began with adventurer Luz Nocenda stumbling across a portal to another world. Luz was able to pursue her dream of studying magic, despite having no powers herself, and formed a new family with a wayward witch and a young demon. The owl house has one of the best LGBTQ+ representation in animation today with several canon queer relationships. It became the first Disney property with a same-sex couple in lead roles, and also featured the first same-sex kiss on a Disney animated show involving its title character. The owl house further stands out with the non-binary character Raine Whispers, who uses the pronouns they/them and is Disney’s first non-binary character. The owl house will return for a third and final season.


Once upon a time


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In the fantasy drama series Once upon a time, which aired between 2011 and 2018, well-known fairy tale characters were taken to the real world with no memory of their past in the Enchanted Forest. During Once upon a timeOver the seven seasons, the show gradually incorporated more and more overtly weird characters, starting with Mulan pining for Aurora, and later with the show’s first homosexual kiss between Ruby and Dorothy. In its seventh and final season, which took place in a new setting with mostly new characters, Once upon a time included an LGBTQ+ main character and relationship in the story. Alice, also known as Tilly, fell in love with Robin, Zelena’s daughter, during season 7.

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Jessica Jones- Jessica Jones isn’t inherently a queer show, but it included the first openly LGBTQ+ character in a Marvel series. Corrupt attorney Jeri Hogarth, who has repeatedly helped Jessica out of tricky legal situations, has had several relationships with women throughout the show. Since Kingpin and Daredevil appeared in the MCU, many viewers hoped that Jessica would be too. If so, chances are Hogarth will return as well.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – Although one of the tracks from the original musical high school The series was widely assumed by viewers (as well as the actor portraying him) to be gay, the films never openly acknowledging this. High School Musical: The Musical: The Series fixed that by including several notable queer characters, and Season 2 introduced Disney’s first LGBTQ+ love song. The series has been renewed for a third season.

Big shot – The Disney+ series big hat, which premiered in 2021, is about a basketball coach forced to coach an all-girls team in high school after being fired from his job at the University of Wisconsin. The big hat the show deals with many issues teens face, such as trying to figure out if the person they love shares their feelings. One of the basketball players, Carolyn “Mouse” Smith, had a crush on a classmate and eventually confessed. Disney has renewed the show for a second season.

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Other notable queer episodes on Disney+


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The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder – In Season 1 Episode 4, Maya and Francis “KG” Leibowitz-Jenkins were bullied at school for having two fathers. Oscar Proud also tried to stop his daughter Penny from hanging out with them, until he realized his mistaken thinking. The dads were both voiced by gay actors, Zachary Quinto and Billy Porter.

Star vs. the Dark Arts – Although many LGBTQ+ viewers have happily argued that Star is bisexual, the only canon queer portrayal in star vs the forces of evil was a blink moment and you’ll miss it in Season 2 Episode 20. When a concert inspired many audience members to kiss their partners, several LGBTQ+ couples were included in what was technically the first kiss disney gay.

Blackish – Blackish centered a few episodes on LGBTQ+ topics, mostly involving Andre’s sister, Rhonda, and the family’s habit of not talking about her sexuality. In episode 22 of season 1, Dre learned that his sister was marrying a woman, and the wedding itself took place in episode 20 of season 2. All episodes are available on Disney+.


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