"Andi Mack" is giving 13-year-old Cyrus his own coming-out storyline in Season 2.
The Disney Channel has never before had a gay main character come out to his friends, but Cyrus Goodman's (Joshua Rush) journey to self-discovery will start with the Season 2 premiere this Friday.
"'Andi Mack' is a story about 'tweens' figuring out who they are," Disney Channel said in a statement (via Deadline): "(Creator) Terri Minsky, the cast and 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."
According to Deadline, "Andi Mack" -- starring Peyton Elizabeth Lee as the 13-year-old title character -- is the top series of the year among girls (median age is 10) and No. 1 in its time period among all children ages 6-14.
Fans took to social media to praise this ground-breaking storyline:
#AndiMack having a tween coming to terms with his sexuality on DISNEY CHANNEL makes me so proud. This is going to save so many lives.— Marshal FRIGHT (@Marshal_Knight) October 25, 2017
literally thought i would never see a gay kid on disney channel in my lifetime wow https://t.co/tQ43v9Cuuh— Peyton Thomas (@silkspectres) October 25, 2017