Mae Whitman Says She's "Proud and Happy" to Come Out as Pansexual

Mae Whitman came out as pansexual while praising her queer-friendly Disney Channel show The Owl House.

By Elana Rubin Aug 16, 2021 11:31 PMTags
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Mae Whitman is letting people know she's out and proud.

The Good Girls actress took to Twitter on Monday, Aug. 16 to publicly assert her sexuality: "Just taking a moment to say I am SO proud to be even a small part of a show like The Owl House. Being pansexual myself, I wish I had such incredible characters like Amity and Luz in my life when I was growing up. Queer representation is sososo important :,) keep it up world! #TOH"

The Owl House star continued, "I know ppl might be unfamiliar with what pansexual means; for me it means I know I can fall in love with people of all genders."

She added, "This is the word that fit me best [rainbow emoji] and I'm proud+happy to be part of the Bi+ community :,)."

The actress then linked a GLAAD resource on bisexuality so that her followers unfamiliar with various LGBTQ+ terms could find additional information. She also shared a gallery on Instagram showing pics of herself, her recent tweets and screenshots from The Owl House, which is a kids' animated show on the Disney Channel.

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The Owl House, which was created by Dana Terrace for Disney Channel, made history by portraying Disney's first bisexual lead character in 14-year-old Luz Noceda (voiced by Sarah-Nicole Robles).

The show made queer history by having Disney's first bisexual main character in 14-year-old Luz Noceda (voiced by Sarah-Nicole Robles).

"In [development] I was very open about my intention to put queer kids in the main cast. I'm a horrible liar so sneaking it in would've been hard," Dana tweeted, per Variety. "When we were greenlit I was told by certain Disney leadership that I could not represent any form of bi or gay relationship on the channel."

However, due to Dana's own bisexuality herself, she said, "I want to write a bi character, dammit!" The executive producer added, "Luckily my stubbornness paid off and now I am very supported by current Disney leadership."

And even though Mae expressed sadness over the news that NBC's Good Girls would not get a fifth season, she luckily still has The Owl House—a show she is clearly grateful to be part of.