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The Disney Channel is introducing its first gay character and it's about damn time

Groundbreaking.

One of the Disney Channel's most popular shows, Andi Mack is set to create a network first when it features a storyline that will have one of its young characters come out as gay to his friends.

If you've never seen the show, it revolves around 13-year-old Andi (played by Peyton Lee), her BFFs Cyrus and Buffy (Joshua Rush and Sofia Wylie) and their teenage lives.

This week's ep is due to see Cyrus confess he has feelings for Jonah, Andi’s crush on the show, and this plot is MAJOR people!

The Disney Channel has never before depicted a character coming out before and it's understood that for Cyrus, much of the second season will see him come to terms with his sexuality with support from his friends

From season 1, the series, conceived by Lizzie McGuire creator Terri Minsky, pushed the boundaries of a traditional kid's show formula; the pilot actually featured a plot where Andi discovered her older sister was actually her mother. It seems the trailblazing is paying off because the show is a hit, ranking as the No. 1 TV series of 2017 to date among girls 6-11, girls 9-14 and girls 6-14, reports Deadline.

The historic storyline is something that has been carefully and sensitivity planned. Minsky reportedly consulted child development experts, Common Sense Media, GLAAD and PFLAG. Also 15-year-old actor Joshua Rush expressed his excitement about his fictional character's direction.

"Starting conversations about trust, love, relationships and family dynamics is easier when you have a show that you can relate to," Joshua wrote on Instagram after the news was announced. "Andi Mack gives young people and their parents, mentors, and champions a meaningful way to talk about these topics and the power to decide their futures. I’m so proud to bring Cyrus’ groundbreaking storyline to life and for you to see what we’ve been working on."

The gay storyline has already received praise form those in the LGBTQ community.

“With more and more young people coming out as LGBTQ, Andi Mack is reflecting the lives and lived experiences of so many LGBTQ youth around the country,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD in a statement. “Television reflects the real life world and today that includes LGBTQ youth who deserve to see their lives depicted on their favorite shows. Disney has been a leader in LGBTQ inclusion and there are so many young people who will be excited to see Cyrus’ story unfold.”

Disney already teased a clip of the episode, which you can see below...