Disney Channel Introduces First Gay Character
Source: Disney Channel
The Disney Channel has introduced their first gay character on one of their network’s shows.
In the season premiere of #AndiMack, a teen girl and her friends model inclusion and respect for others. Friday 8:00 p.m. pic.twitter.com/qWOsnGf7fT
— Disney Channel PR (@DisneyChannelPR) October 25, 2017
Andi Mack, which is created by Lizzie McGuire creator Terri Minsky, features a group of four tweens and documents their lives as they figure out who they are in life.
And this is why we love #AndiMack not sugarcoating a thing, bringing light to teen pregnancy, being black and now LGBT. Such a great show!
— WGW (@TiyahTirvana) October 26, 2017
One of those characters is a teen named Cyrus Goodman, played by actor Joshua Rush. In the season two premier he grapples with feelings he has for another boy in their circle – a first for Disney.
THIS WILL BE THE BEST SCENE THAT DISNEY CHANNEL HAS EVER AIRED #AndiMack pic.twitter.com/hLGNp4kwJ1
— Yasmim TOMORROW (@withmyseries) October 25, 2017
“Andi Mack is a story about ‘tweens’ figuring out who they are,” a statement from the Disney Channel read. “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.”
The Walt Disney Co. also issued a statement, saying in part, “Our characters appeal to children across gender, ability, and experience because they’re defined by kindness, loyalty, humor, courage, wit and other traits that make a good friend.”
One more day. ONE. #Season2Premiere #AndiMack pic.twitter.com/8EP4kS66ec
— Disney Channel (@DisneyChannel) October 26, 2017
Season two of Andi Mack premiers on Friday.