Updated on November 1, 2017
On October 31, Disney Channel unveiled their very first gay storyline in the television channel's history. The history-making event took place on the season 2 premiere of the network's original series Andi Mack.
Watched by 1.62 million people, the episode shows 13-year-old Cyrus speaking candidly to his friend Buffy while out to eat. The visibly shaken Cyrus says he hasn’t yet ordered his food, to which Buffy responds, “You’re scaring me.” “I’m scaring me too,” he explains.
Cyrus further explains: “Last night, when we were watching Andi and Jonah, you asked me am I happy for Andi, and I said: ‘Yes, I’m happy for Andi.’
“But I’m also not happy.”
Then comes the realization, with Buffy asking, “Cyrus, do you like Andi?”
He shakes his head, mouthing: ‘No’.
“You like Jonah,” Buffy then realizes.
Responding with love, Buffy tells him all is well and others will respond positively to him being his true self also. Naturally, many were happily shocked to see such a raw and rare moment expressed on such a visible channel:
Original article below:
LGBTQ history has just been made over at Disney Channel, with the unveiling of the network's very first gay storyline ever. The groundbreaking reveal will be made on the season 2 premiere of the channel's original series, Andi Mack.
The show, which is produced by Lizzie McGuire creator Terri Minsky, revolves around 13-year-old Andi Mack whose older sister Bex returns home unexpectedly. Andi then works through the realization that Bex is actually her mother and that her mother Celia is actually her grandmother.
Throughout the series Andi maneuvers through life with her family and best friends, Buffy and Cyrus, who realizes in the most recent season premiere, that he has a crush on the same boy as Andi.
In the season premiere, 13-year-old Cyrus embarks on a journey of self-discovery as a gay teen, confiding in Buffy about his newfound crush. The storyline then continues on throughout the season, with Cyrus trying to find a way to talk to his girlfriend, Iris, about his realization.
As a global source for entertainment among youth since 1983, Disney Channel plays a profound role in providing exposure and reassurance to adolescents everywhere.
“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,” said GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis. “Television reflects the real life world and today that includes LGBTQ youth who deserve to see their lives depicted on their favorite shows."
While varying characters depicted on Disney Channel have made nods to queer identities, Andi Mack is the first show to unveil a conceptualized storyline surrounding a queer character. As the top-rated series in its time slot among children aged 6 to 14, this level of exposure and acceptance can hold a major impact on youth maneuvering through their own identities, giving them reassurance and solace that it is okay and encouraged to be themselves.