Disney just made history with its latest Andi Mack episode.
One of the show’s lead characters, Cyrus Goodman, became the first ever Disney character to say the words “I’m gay”.
On Friday’s episode (8 February), Cyrus revealed to his friend Jonah at his grandmother’s mourning service: “That’s gefilte fish – skip that – and I’m gay.”
After a few seconds, Jonah responds: “Yeah? Okay, cool.”
Before this, the character came out to his friend Buffy by admitting that he has a crush on Jonah, but he had never actually explicitly said he was gay, so this is undeniably a landmark moment for queer representation.
Joshua Rush – who plays Cyrus on the series – tweeted after: “Every day is a blessing working on this show. This milestone is just another stitch in a rich and vibrant tapestry that is Cyrus Goodman.”
Shortly after the episode aired, fans praised the scene on Twitter. Check out the best reactions below.
I DONT GIVE A FUCK IF YOU THINK NEW DISNEY SHOWS ARE TOO CHEESY OR CHILDISH. ANDI MACK JUST MADE HISTORY SO PLS GO WATCH CYRUS GOODMAN SAY HES GAY TO HIS FRIEND AND EX CRUSH JONAH BECK
— andré (@buckslgbt) February 8, 2019
I just wanted to say that Cyrus is the character I’ve always wanted to have contact with as a kid. Thank you for the amazing job Andi Mack is doing as a show with gay rep for kids!!!! Love u❤️
— juju (@elenacaneroreed) February 11, 2019
I FORGOT TO SCREAM ABOUT THIS ON MAIN BC I WASNT BEING ACTIVE ON TWT BUT I’VE BEEN WATCHING ANDI MACK FOR A WHILE AND WHEN I WOKE UP AND SAW THAT CYRUS RLLY SAID ‘I’M GAY’ I LEGIT BURST INTO TEARS DHSJSKS thinking about my younger, disney channel watching, not straight self https://t.co/Gyr5MeBm1B
— ciara (@dorkdrums) February 10, 2019
MY COUSIN IS WATCHING THE ANDI MACK WPISODE WHERE CYRUS GOES IM GAY WE STAN
— MOVED ACCS CHECK BIO (@bloomchangmin) February 10, 2019
Okay, but why am I 22 years old and completely caught up and emotionally involved in this Tyrus storyline on Andi Mack on Disney Channel? ✨ Also, Cyrus saying “I’m Gay” on Disney Channel for the first time. Blessed. Thank you representation! 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/ig9MXDuJVp
— 𝒋𝒂𝒗𝒊 (@JaviiMontalvo) February 10, 2019
i never realized how ingrained it was in me to think of "gay" as an adult term until i heard it on andi mack. the context is so important, gay isnt a dirty word and it is SO important for kids to hear it and understand that #renewandimack
— em🪐 (@rosesetonfire) February 10, 2019
i can't believe "i'm gay" is real, that a real dream omg
thank you andi mack
thank you cyrus
thank you joshua
thank you terri
— nostalgic bitch 🐍 tfatws spoilers (@snorpion_) February 9, 2019
omg cyrus just came out on andi mack he actually said the words “i’m gay” on disney channel i’m so proud of this progressive show it’s so amazing
— lexi todoroki (@lexisenpaii) February 9, 2019