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‘Andi Mack’ star shuts down homophobic troll who called his character ‘a poor example’

The Disney Channel series just made history with its LGTBQ-inclusion

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Joshua Rush as Cyrus Goodman on ‘Andi Mack.’ (Screenshot via Twitter)

“Andi Mack” star Joshua Rush shut down a homophobic Twitter troll who thought his character Cyrus Goodman’s coming out scene set “a very poor example.”

In a recent episode, Cyrus came out to his friend Jonah Beck (Asher Angel). For the first time in the history of the Disney Channel, a character spoke the words “I’m gay.” It was a monumental moment for the network but one Twitter user wasn’t pleased.

“I am very disappointed in the way this show has been directed there are some very good messages through this show for it’s young audience, but introducing gays is a very poor example to the young adults watching this show. Poor Choice Disney,” the tweet read.

Rush, 17, called out the person and defended Disney Channel’s decision for more LGBTQ-inclusion for young audiences.

“I’m sorry you feel that way. Here’s the thing though: gay kids are gonna exist no matter whether you like it or not,” Rush posted. “And we need to support and love all kids in every way we can. So when someone realizes they are gay, I want them to identify with something so they’re not alone.”

The person deleted the tweet but Rush posted a screenshot to his Twitter feed. He also continued to explain the importance of his character to the user.

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PHOTOS: Task Force Gala Kick-Off

National LGBTQ organization holds event in Golden Beach

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National LGBTQ Task Force Executive Director Kierra Johnson, on left, presents a donation to LGBTQ+ Equity Fund members Rebecca Fishman and David Jobin. (Photo by Dale Stine)

The National LGBTQ Task Force held its 2024 National Gala Kick-Off Event at the Loggia Beach Park Pavilion in Golden Beach, Fla. on Tuesday, June 18. Task Force Executive Director Kierra Johnson presented the organization’s annual donation to the LGBTQ+ Equity Fund. Roger Thomson and Jim Tyrrell were the recipients of the Eddy McIntyre Community Service Award.

(Photos by Dale Stine)

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PHOTOS: Frederick Pride

Gov. Wes Moore speaks at annual LGBTQ celebration

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Former Miss Gay Maryland America Maranda Rights entertains at Frederick Pride on Saturday. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The 2024 Frederick Pride Festival was held at Carroll Creek Linear Park in Frederick, Md. on Saturday, June 22. Thousands attended the 11th annual event despite high temperatures. Gov. Wes Moore was among the speakers at the main stage.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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PHOTOS: Baltimore Pride in the Park

Annual celebration featured vendors, performers

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(Washington Blade photo by Linus Berggren)

Baltimore Pride in the Park was held at Druid Hill Park on Sunday, June 16.

(Washington Blade photos by Linus Berggren)

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