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Disney adds its first ever LGBT-themed show

First ever LGBTQ character on a Disney Channel show.

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First ever LGBTQ character on a Disney Channel show.

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For the first time ever, Disney channel adds a new LGBT-themed show to it’s roster. Love, Simon hit theaters last spring and became a hit with its’ LGBT audience. To be adding such an inclusive show to the network is surprising for a company like Disney. Over the years, Disney has shied away from LGBT themes or characters but recently, the company has started to tiptoe towards a more inclusive future.
This is not the first breakthrough Disney had including LGBT themes. The coming of age series, Andi Mack, made history by including the first ever LGBT storyline. In its’ second season, one of the main characters, Cyrus Goodman, comes out to another of the main characters. This moment hit home for many viewers.
“Andi Mack is a story about tweens figuring out who they are; 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,” a Disney Channel spokesperson said in a statement. Andi Mack has also been teaching kids that there is nothing wrong with being yourself.
“Sharing one’s innermost self can be challenging, and to do so as an adolescent can be particularly so, especially when in the midst of figuring it out for yourself. Coming out requires honest self-reflection, no small amount of bravery and a safe place with at least one trusted person — a friend, a parent, a teacher — who can hold your confidence … and your heart. Andi Mack’s creative team captures this moment of revelation with such thought, care and authenticity; it will be a memory moment for some, and a teachable moment for many.” stated PFLAG executive director Dr. Jaime M. Grant The groundbreaking show began Disney bright future to sending a new message to its young viewers. In its written policy on its stories and characters, The Walt Disney Co. as a whole emphasizes inclusion, “with stories that reflect acceptance and tolerance and celebrate the differences that make our characters uniquely wonderful in their own way.”
Disney is showing that with these stories that they are ready to take a step in a whole new and brighter direction. Not only is the company adding a Love, Simon inspired series, but they are also adding another LGBT-themed show titled ‘Four Dads’. The show follows a divorced couple that remarry, leaving their child with four dads.