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Disney Channel showcases first gay character with Cyrus from “Andi Mack.”
In the season two premiere of “Andi Mack” on Oct. 27, the cable network debuted its first storyline of a character coming out as gay.
The Disney company stirred up controversy when it featured its first gay character in the remake of “Beauty and the Beast” in March.
Though LeFou’s feelings for Gaston were rather subtle, it was the beginning of something much bigger for the network.
The series, which follows the life of 13-year-old Andi and her best friends, Cyrus and Buffy, included a story about Cyrus coming out as openly gay, admitting he had a crush on the same boy as Andi did.
“‘Andi Mack’ is a story about ‘tweens’ figuring out who they are,” the network said in a statement the week of Oct. 27. “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 rest of season two will show Cyrus coming to terms with his sexuality with support from friends around him.
While some were hesitant about the news of gay characters being more publicized by Disney, some were very supportive.
“I think it’s about time everyone comes into this century a little bit, I’m proud Disney is showcasing that it’s okay to be who you are,” said senior business administration major Sarah Wieczorek.