"Raven's Home" features its first trans character, Monica Dogra discusses her sexuality, and a member of Virginia's House of Delegates comes out as bisexual.

‘Raven's Home’ Makes History With Disney’s First Trans Character

In the latest episode of “Raven’s Home,” the show introduced its first trans character, Nikki. Played by Juliana Joel, this marks the first time Disney Channel has had a live-action trans character. 

Joel celebrated the historic moment in a thoughtful post on Instagram about the importance of LGBT representation for kids who are growing up and already know they are queer. 

She wrote, “I’d never seen an out trans actor or character on the Disney Channel. EVER. Needless to say, I cried in my dressing room after walking onto that set the first time. It was a moment where it hit me that I not only get to live out my childhood dream on a version of my favorite show.” 

New episodes of “Raven’s Home” air Fridays on the Disney Channel.




Monica Dogra Opens up on Being Pansexual


Photo by Bollywood Hungama, Wikimedia Commons.

Actress and singer Monica Dogra came out as pansexual last year while promoting her drama series “The Married Woman” at the Awadh Queer Pride. 

In an interview with Hindustan Times, she opened up about her pansexual journey since coming out. Dogra said she had first heard the word pansexual about five or six years ago and thought that it described her. She said that before, sexual orientations were very black and white. 

 “Either you were gay or you were straight. And if you were gay you certainly weren’t accepted or celebrated. Gay was even a slang word connoting something bad. It was so twisted,” she said.

Dogra expresses her feelings through her art and encourages people to be “loud and proud with their truth, however scary” and added, “Whatever you do get, you know you got it on your own, and on your own terms.”

Virginia Del. Kelly Convirs-Fowler Comes Out as Bisexual


Kelly Convirs-Fowler. Photo via Facebook.

Kelly Convirs-Fowler, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, has come out as bisexual. She made this announcement during a Pride celebration in Virginia Beach. 

“I’m bisexual. I just never felt like I could say that out loud,” said Convirs-Fowler. 

In an interview with The Virginian-Pilot, she said she was out to her friends and family but felt it was important to make a public statement. 

“I wanted to speak my truth, and it just felt right in the moment to say it,” she said. “I hope it helps others; that is my goal because saying it out loud can be difficult, but I want them to be able to speak their truths — you should be able to love who you want to love.”