A character on a popular Disney Channel tween show will feature a story arc about a character coming out as gay. The Los Angeles Times reports that the arc on “Andi Mack” will mark the channel’s first story arc about a gay character coming out.
“The tween series will introduce the storyline during its Season 2 premiere on Friday when the titular character’s best friend, Cyrus (Joshua Rush), shares that he has a crush on the same boy she does,” The Times reports. “Cyrus comes out to his and Andi’s pal Buffy (Sofia Wylie).”
The report quotes a tweet from the Disney Channel’s public relations account saying: “In the season premiere of #AndiMack, a teen girl and her friends model inclusion and respect for others. Friday 8:00 p.m.”
The Times adds: “It will be the first time the Disney Channel depicts a character’s journey to self-discovery as an LGBTQ individual, according to ABC News, whose parent company is Disney. The series reportedly consulted child-development experts for the episode and screened it in advance for LGBTQ advocacy groups such as GLAAD, Common Sense Media and PFLAG.”
The report quotes a Disney Channel spokesperson saying this week: “‘Andi Mack’ is a story about ‘tweens’ figuring out who they are. [Creator] Terri Minsky, the cast and everyone involved in the show takes great care in ensuring that it’s appropriate for all audiences and sends a powerful message about inclusion and respect for humanity.”