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Disney Channel’s first live-action Trans Character Debuts This Week

The That’s So Raven reboot may have given Disney Channel its first live-action trans character. “The Fears Awakens,” the 15th episode of Ravens Home’s fifth season, premiered on Friday. And episode writer Nori Reid posted on Instagram to celebrate the occasion. Wrote that she “might have created a trans character for the first time for Disney. Channel.”

Nori Reid posting on Instagram

That character, Nikki, is an influential person. Which is played by trans actress Juliana Joel, who is also possibly the first trans actress to have a role on a Disney Channel show. Both Joel and Reid wrote on Instagram that the episode was like a dream come true. Especially for those who couldn’t imagine kids seeing trans characters on TV.

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Can’t imagine seeing trans characters

In an Instagram post, Joel shared his story of growing up in Florida as a child in a “typical Puerto Rican family.” Dreamed of being on Disney Channel and exclusively on your favorite show That’s So Raven.

cried in his dressing room after walking in for the first time

“In my mind, Raven Baxter was my best friend. It was my escape from what I was going through internally,” Joel wrote. “Needless to say, I was my best friend after walking that set for the first time. Cried in the dressing room. It was a moment when it impressed me that not only did I get to live my childhood dream of being on a version of my favorite show.

Being on the show is more than fulfilling his childhood wish.

In the end, he said that being on the show was more meaningful than fulfilling his childhood wish. “With all the anti-trans hatred and narratives in the media and in society, this was a victory,” Joel wrote. “I claimed a dream and a place for myself, while much of the world is trying to destroy me and my community. And now I have become the person I wish I had to see growing up on TV. ,

A young queer person pops up on the Disney Channel in Merica

Reid echoed that sentiment, writing that even the Disney Channel was her escape as an “Asian Closet Queer Kid” in Kentucky. Reed wrote, “I can’t quite articulate what this means to me personally that now that a young queer person in rural America can pop onto the Disney Channel and see a strange, nuanced trans character, to which they can relate.” “And I pray in my heart that they hear the very clear message: You are and are included in this world.”

While Nikki is likely to be the first live-action trans character on a Disney Channel show, the honor for the first trans character goes to the nonbinary character Rhine Whispers on The Oval House, voiced by nonbinary actor Avi Rok. Regardless, we’re of the opinion that the more trans characters on kids’ TV, the better.

Broad on its inaction regarding the gay bill from Florida’s Don’t

However, conservatives will beg to differ. Disney has been at the center of a lot of LGBTQ+-related controversies lately. The brand recently appeared on the Disney+ show Baymax! came under criticism for a clip of In which a trans man is shown recommending a menstrual product. In March, it was also announced that the company would reinstate a same-sex kiss for its Toy Story-cine-universe film Lightyear after widespread outrage over its inaction with regard to Gay Bill from Don’t, Florida, which Reed played. himself had opposed. Along with other LGBTQ+ and affiliated employees.

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