Disney Channel’s ‘Andi Mack’ to feature its first gay coming-out story

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(ABC News)- The season two premiere of Disney Channel’s coming-of-age series “Andi Mack,” starring Peyton Elizabeth Lee, will mark a first for the channel when Joshua Rush’s character, Cyrus, discovers he has feelings for a male classmate, played by Asher Angel.

Ultimately, Cyrus, comes out as gay to one of his best friends, Buffy — played by Sofia Wylie.

Her response, according to Disney, “makes for positive role models for kids and adult viewers.”

“‘Andi Mack’ is a story about ‘tweens’ figuring out who they are,” Disney Channel said in a statement on Tuesday. “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.”

Though the network has depicted same-sex relationships in other shows, this is the first time the Disney Channel has presented a story-line depicting a character’s journey to self-acceptance as a gay person.

Disney stated that child development experts consulted on the episode, which was screened in advance for organizations including Common Sense Media, GLAAD and PFLAG.

http://abcnews.go.com/topics/news/us/glaad.htm

The season premiere of “Andi Mack” airs on Friday, Oct. 27 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT.

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