Disney Channel series “Andi Mack” has made history with the channel’s first character to come out as gay.
“Andi Mack” has already tackled the topic of teenage pregnancy when 13-year-old Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) discovers her older sister is actually her mother. Now, in the second season another groundbreaking storyline will be featured on the channel.
In the season two premiere, Andi struggles to handle her feelings for her crush Jonah Beck (Asher Angel). Her best friend Cyrus (Joshua Rush) begins to realize that he also has feelings for Jonah. Cyrus will continue to come to terms with his sexuality throughout the season including coming out to his friend Buffy (Sofia Wylie) and telling his girlfriend.
Deadline reports that Disney Channel consulted with GLAAD and PLFAG prior to the episode’s airing to ensure sensitivity on the issue.
“With more and more young people coming out as LGBTQ, Andi Mack is reflecting the lives and lived experiences of so many LGBTQ youth around the country,” Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, said in a statement. “Television reflects the real life world and today that includes LGBTQ youth who deserve to see their lives depicted on their favorite shows. Disney has been a leader in LGBTQ inclusion and there are so many young people who will be excited to see Cyrus’ story unfold.”
Rush posted a photo of the cast on Instagram acknowledging the monumental storyline for his character.
“Starting conversations about trust, love, relationships and family dynamics is easier when you have a show that you can relate to,” Rush captioned the photo. “Andi Mack gives young people and their parents, mentors, and champions a meaningful way to talk about these topics and the power to decide their futures. I’m so proud to bring Cyrus’ groundbreaking storyline to life and for you to see what we’ve been working on.”
Season two premieres on Friday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.