The Disney Channel is introducing a gay storyline for the first time in its show Andi Mack a coming-of-age show that revolves around 13-year-old girl Andi and her friends Cyrus, Buffy and Jonah.
The season two premiere which airs on Friday will send “a powerful message about inclusion and respect for humanity” according to a Disney spokesperson.
The statement added that the show’s creator, Terri Minsky – who also made the hit Disney show Lizzie McGuire – and her team took “great care in ensuring that it’s appropriate for all audiences.”
n the season premiere, Andi is dealing with feelings for a boy she knows when her best friend Cyrus realises that he has feelings for the same boy.
Cyrus’s story develops in later episodes as he begins to understand himself better with the help of his friends and family.
Disney worked with Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), the US’s biggest LGBT youth organization to create the story-line.
Their executive director Dr Jaime Grant said: “Coming out requires honest self-reflection, no small amount of bravery and a safe place with at least one trusted person.
“Andi Mack’s creative team captures this moment of revelation with such thought, care, and authenticity, it will be a memory moment for some, and a teachable moment for many.”
Andi Mack’s average viewer age is 10 years old so expect boycotts, condemnations, and the gnashing of teeth from Christian Nationalist LGBT hate groups like the Family Research Council to begin shortly.
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