Loki Coming out as Bisexeual is Just the Beginning

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    In the third and final episode in the show, Loki admitted his bisexuality in telling Lady Loki that he'd had romantic relationships with princes and princesses in the past. The revelation came following an interesting 18 seconds ad for the show, which featured a file and dossier that contained Loki's sexuality which was classified by the term “Fluid.”

    Interviewing with The Guardian, Hiddleston said Loki's bisexuality was important for the character's integrity.

    “I was just really honored to be asked,” Hiddleston stated. “We all wanted to retain the integrity of the character — I wanted to make sure we didn't lose the bits that people loved, while doing something new. I also hope Loki coming out as bisexual was meaningful to people who spotted it. It was a small step, and there's further to go. But it was definitely important to all of us.”

    In an interview with Variety actor Sophia Di Martino, who played the role of Lady Loki, revealed the show's director Kate Herron wanted the character's bisexuality “represented in the show.”

    “I think people have been waiting a long time for it. The comic books allude to it and even the Norse mythology, I think,” di Martino. “It's been around for so long, and it was really important to her to have that in the show ….I've got to say how happy it makes me that people are happy to see that.”

    Similar to that, Kate Herron said on Twitter that the bisexuality of her character was always a concern for her.

    “From the moment I joined ‘Loki' it was very important to me, and my goal, to acknowledge Loki was bisexual. It is a part of who he is and who I am, too. I know this is a small step but I'm happy, and my heart is so full, to say that this is now Canon,” she tweeted.

    In a subsequent interview with Collider, Herron hoped that the next installments of the character would better examine that part of his character.

    “I don't know plans for the future with Loki — I'm so focused on this story,” Herron stated. “But I would say that part of my thinking was, well, if it's canon and it's acknowledged, then yeah I hope there's obviously more road to travel with that aspect of his personality. And I hope it has.”

    Then, Russell T. Davies, producer of the Showtime program Queer as Folk, criticized the incident as an “feeble gesture” by Disney.

    “‘Loki' makes one reference to being bisexual once, and everyone's like, ‘Oh my god, it's like a pansexual show.' It's like one word,” Davies stated. “He said the word ‘prince,' and we're meant to go, ‘Thank you, Disney! Aren't you marvelous?' It's pathetic. It's a ridiculous, craven, feeble gesture towards the vital politics and the stories that should be told.”

    LGBTQ representation in children's television shows has seen a rise over the past few years, with the most notable being in 2014 with the Disney show Good Luck Charlie, which featured a lesbian couple. The show was followed up with the Disney series Andi Mack, which featured the first couple of teenagers who were gay on the Disney network.

    Disney was later in the news with its release Onward, the first animated film to feature an openly LGBTQ character.

    In the much-anticipated “Phase IV,” the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) expanded LGBTQ representation in a number of ways by introducing the first homosexual character, Phastos, on screen in The Eternals, who shared the MCU's first  onscreen kiss between two men.

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