Disney Channel’s Andi Mack has introduced a gay Character to the storyline, Sky News reported. This is the first time that Disney’s cable network delved deep into a character who is part of the LGBT community.

“Andi Mack” has been telling about the coming of age story of teenagers since it was first released in March 2017. Terri Minsky, the creator of another hit series “Lizzie McGuire” features 13-year-old Andi as she explores her life being a teenager.

She is portrayed by Peyton Elizabeth Lee.

The new and exciting character is named Cyrus, Andi’s friend who began his journey exploring his identity as the second season premiere aired on October 27. He is portrayed by Joshua Rush.

Rush also shared his insights about the character through an Instagram post. He said that the Disney Channel series “gives young people and their parents a meaningful way to talk about these topics and the power to decide their futures.”

“I’m so proud to bring Cyrus’ groundbreaking storyline to life and for you to see what we’ve been working on,” the actor added. The next episode will be aired on November 3.

Hit series

According to Disney Channel, “Andi Mack” talks about “’tweens’ figuring out who they are.” The network added that the people involved in the series always make sure that it will be “appropriate for all audiences” as it conveys a message about “inclusion and respect for humanity.”

Each episode is highly relatable to the audience as it features the most common issues encountered by this age group today.

The other members of the cast include Sofia Wylie, Asher Angel, Lilan Bowden, Lauren Tom and Emily Skinner.

Though this is a ground-breaking feat for Disney Channel, this is not the first time that the company introduced a gay character in one of its franchises. When the company released the live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast,” the character of LeFou was introduced as openly gay. Disney XD’s “Star vs. the Forces of Evil” also featured a same-sex kiss from its animated characters.

Reception

There were mixed reactions from various groups about Cyrus. Sarah Kate Ellis, president of gay pressure organization GLAAD said that “Andi Mack” reflects the lives of many young gays and lesbians in the country.

However, Puritanical campaign group One Million Moms has launched an online petition calling for viewers to boycott the television series over its LGBT-inspired storyline.

The group claimed that the series “was corrupting children” and encouraging them into the lifestyle of the community, Pink News reported.

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