Disney Channel Has First Ever Gay Storyline in Children’s Show

Disney Channel Has First Ever Gay Storyline in Children's Show

Show audience median age: 10-years-old

The show will feature two 13-year-olds who are attracted to the same boy, in another effort from the studio to push diversity.

The Disney Channel is once again wading into the culture war with one of its most popular shows set to feature a male teen’s transition into homosexuality.

On Friday, the second season of the show Andi Mack premiers, which according to The Hollywood Reporter, will introduce the network’s first gay storyline.

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The show, based around fictional female lead Andi, “will feature a young male — one of the show’s main characters — beginning to realize that he has feelings for a male classmate,” reports THR.

“Friday’s episode finds Andi awkwardly sorting out her feelings for her classmate Jonah (Asher Angel). At the same time, Cyrus, also 13, realizes that he, too, has feelings for Jonah and confides in Buffy — the scene and Buffy’s reaction are intended to serve as a positive role model for both kids and adults — even as he struggles with how to share this revelation with his new girlfriend. This kicks off his journey to self-discovery and ultimately self-acceptance as a gay individual, as seen in subsequent episodes.”

As noted by THR, Andi Mack is “top-rated in its time period among kids 6-14,” and has a median viewer age of 10.

A spokesman for the Disney Channel said the series update is about educating audiences on “inclusion.”. Read the rest…

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