Cyrus, one of the major players on Andi Mack, is set to become the first gay main character on the Disney Channel. It's a pretty big deal; while other television programs have introduced gay characters, this marks a big step forward for representation on the Disney Channel.
Because Andi Mack’s demographic generally skews 6-14, the inclusion of a gay main character is extremely important. Cyrus may be the first gay character to whom some younger audience members are introduced. Furthermore, Disney Channel helps shape how these young viewers see the world. In creating more diverse characters, the audiences will have a wider sense of the world starting at a very young age. There's also the matter of inclusion. For young, gay audience members, this may be the first time they’ve ever seen a character to whom they truly relate.
Many people already consider Andi Mack one of the best current Disney Channel shows; this storyline makes it one of the most groundbreaking, too.
This Plot Is A Huge Step Forward For The Disney Channel
It's A Season-Long Arc
Joshua Rush Is Proud To Be Playing Cyrus
GLAAD Gave The Storyline Its Seal Of Approval
PFLAG Praised The Show
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