As members of the younger generations explore their identities and pick up the baton of the ongoing fight for equality, they look to society for information. For that reason, representation in media is more important today than ever before. The Disney Channel first announced that Andi Mack would include a gay character arc back in , according to Out. Since that announcement, viewers and champions of equality alike have been waiting with baited breath for those two magic words: "I'm gay. When Joshua Rush, who plays the role of Cyrus in the hit Disney Channel series came out as gay to his male friend during an episode of Andi Mack earlier this month, he became the first Disney Channel character to say those two words, as well as the first openly gay character on the channel, according to BuzzFeed News. The scene aired last week and showed Cyrus guiding his friends around his grandmother's shiva — which is the week of mourning observed by Jewish families who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
GAY DAYS at Walt Disney World
When Disney goes gay for the day
While there are plenty of official special event days at Disney theme parks to let you meet like-minded people, they don't cater to every niche audience. So several groups have taken matters into their own hands and organized unofficial Disney event days. Here are a few you might want to attend or avoid. The idea was that Disneyland was high-class entertainment; like a night at the theater, you wouldn't wear just anything to a day at Disneyland. Of course if you've ever been to the park, you'll know that most people are dressed like they're going to the gym, not the opera.
SAN FRANCISCO LGBT PRIDE
On the first Saturday in June, gay men and lesbians from across the U. The event started in , when a few thousand gays and lesbians from central Florida, hoping to make their community "more visible," gathered at the Magic Kingdom — "a sort of flash mob before the term existed. The event is now something of a cultural touchstone for gay couples starting families of their own.
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