The coming-of-age series, which debuted in April, follows the adventures of Andi Mack (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) and her pals, Buffy Driscoll (Sofia Wylie) and Cyrus Goodman (Joshua Rush) as they navigate adolescence.
In Friday’s season premiere, Andi is struggling with a crush on a middle school boy, Jonah Beck (Asher Angel). Later in the episode, Cyrus begins to realize that he, too, has feelings for Jonah. That realization marks the beginning of Cyrus coming to identify ― and eventually embrace himself as ― a gay tween.
Although the Disney Channel has referenced same-sex relationships on animated shows such as “Doc McStuffins” and “Star vs. The Forces of Evil,” Friday’s episode makes history as the network’s first to feature a coming out arc. In an effort to portray Cyrus’s story “in an age-appropriate and respectful manner,” creator Terri Minsky and the Disney Channel consulted child development experts. Meanwhile, the episode was pre-screened by a number of LGBTQ advocacy groups, including GLAAD and PFLAG.
″‘Andi Mack’ is a story about tweens figuring out who they are,” a Disney Channel spokesperson told HuffPost in an email. Read more via HuffPost