While gay characters have previously appeared on Disney Channel on shows like Great Luck Charlie as well as Doc McStuffins, the storyline of a young character realizing which he or she is actually gay is actually a first for the network.
Disney Channel as well as Minsky both worked with child development experts in formulating the premiere’s arc. The episode was also pre-screened for several organizations, like Common Sense Media, GLAAD as well as PFLAG.
“With more as well as more young people coming out as LGBTQ, Andi Mack is actually reflecting the lives as well as lived experiences of so many LGBTQ youth around the country,” GLAAD president as well as CEO Sarah Kate Ellis told THR. “Television reflects the real-life world, as well as today which includes LGBTQ youth who deserve to see their lives depicted on their favorite shows. Disney has been a leader in LGBTQ inclusion, as well as there are so many young people who will be excited to see Cyrus’ story unfold.”
“Sharing one’s innermost self can be challenging, as well as to do so as an adolescent can be particularly so, especially when inside the midst of figuring This particular out for yourself. Coming out requires honest self-reflection, no modest amount of bravery as well as a safe place with at least one trusted person — a friend, a parent, a teacher — who can hold your confidence … as well as your heart,” added PFLAG executive director Dr. Jaime M. Grant. “Andi Mack‘s creative team captures This particular moment of revelation with such thought, care as well as authenticity; This particular will be a memory moment for some, as well as a teachable moment for many.”