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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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Busboys and Poets to focus on peace in 2022

Special guests include Angela Davis

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Busboys and Poets will host “The 2022 NYE Peace Party” on Friday, Dec. 31 at 9 p.m. at Busboys and Poets in Columbia. 

The event will feature peace activists and literary powerhouses such as political activist, philosopher, academic, scholar and author Angela Davis, activist, scholar and educator Gina Dent, and renowned writer, poet, playwright and activist Sonia Sanchez, among others. 

There will also be live music, food, party favors, champagne toast and free parking. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

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PHOTOS: GMCW Holiday Show

Chorus performs at Lincoln Theatre

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The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington performed its “Holiday Show” at Lincoln Theatre on Saturday. The Chorus has performances on Dec. 11 and 12. For tickets and showtimes, visit gmcw.org.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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PHOTOS: International LGBTQ Leaders Conference opening reception

Politicians and activists from around the world met and mingled at the JW Marriott

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Politicians and activists from around the world met and mingled at the JW Marriott. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The LGBTQ Victory Institute held an opening reception for the 2021 International LGBTQ Leaders Conference at the JW Marriott on Thursday.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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