Andi Mack is a ground breaking series on the Disney Channel! I was so excited in April to share about the series premiere, and now I am back to remind you that the second season premiere is tomorrow: the second season premieres in a one-hour episode FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT).
Andi Mack, Cyrus Goodman and Buffy Driscoll are a trio of best friends. Jonah Beck is the nicest and cutest boy at their school, and the longtime crush of Andi’s. In the season premiere, Andi is hoping for — and coaxing — her parents Bex and Bowie to get married, all while she awkwardly sorts out her feelings for classmate Jonah Beck. A second storyline depicts one of Andi’s two best friends, 13 year-old Cyrus, as he’s beginning to realize that he too has feelings for Jonah Beck. This realization begins an important part of his journey to self-discovery as a gay individual and ultimately, his self-acceptance. In the episode, Cyrus confides in Buffy. The scene, and what Buffy says to Cyrus, makes for positive role models for kids and adult viewers. In subsequent episodes, Cyrus begins to understand himself, and can count on supportive friends Buffy and Andi who, as teenagers, are also on a journey to self-discovery. He also grapples with how to tell his new girlfriend Iris about his new understanding of himself.
I love the fact that this is a show that deals with LGBTQ youth. It is a reality of life, and should be shown so people can learn to understand these issues better. I am a 58 year old gay man and having this type of show on TV when I was younger would have been impossible, no network would have picked it up. As the father of a teenager who has two dads, I am thrilled that his contemporaries have been learning that this is no longer the big issue it was. Today everyone is different, and we are the same because we are all different! This show is full of diversity, just like our world.
This story arc is a first for Disney Channel; it’s the first time the channel has depicted a character’s journey to self-discovery as a gay individual. This gives me hope. Too many teenagers coming to this realization have felt alone in the past, and some have tried to hurt themselves. This part of the messaging in the show gives me hope for our future, more acceptance, less bullying with everyone! Thank-you to creator and executive producer, acclaimed writer Terri Minsky (“Lizzie McGuire”)!
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