Joshua Rush, who played the gay teen ‘Cyrus Goodman’ on the Disney Channel series Andi Mack, just came out as bisexual on his Twitter account Tuesday.
Rush gained national attention when his Andi Mack character came out in 2017 becoming the first openly gay Disney Channel character.
In last month’s series finale, his character was revealed to be part of the first gay couple on a Disney series.
Now that the series has wrapped, Rush appears to have had one more ‘coming out’ to do.
On Twitter, the 17-year-old wrote, “First to respond to this tweet is bi.” He quickly followed that with his own response, “First! I win! It’s me. I’m bi.”
He added there were “a few things” he wanted to share with his fans.
The actor told his fans he thought it ‘ironic’ that his TV character’s coming out could send a message of empowerment to young LGBTQs, but until today he hadn’t found the courage to come out himself.
In fact, he says it’s his fans reaction to Cyrus’s journey that inspired him today.
Sharing that he had a close friend come out to him in fifth grade, Rush admitted he “suffered with some level” of his own “internalized homophobia” while playing a gay character on TV.
His solution at the time? “I stuffed the existential crisis of talking about my sexual orientation into a box in my mind for years,” he wrote, adding, “Today, I release it into the world.”
Noting that sexual orientation doesn’t make up “all” of his identity, Rush pointed to bi erasure and the challenges that trans women of color face every day as more pressing issues than his sexual identity.
He asked folks to donate to GLAAD (which promotes positive messaging for LGBTQs in the media) because his Disney Channel series “wouldn’t have existed in the form that it did without them.” Rush also urged folks to check out GLAAD’s info on bisexuality to become better informed on where being bi falls on the spectrum of sexuality.
And, he gave a shoutout to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention to LGBTQ young people.
Amit Paley, CEO & Executive Director of The Trevor Project, responded with this statement:
“It can mean so much to young LGBTQ people to see their sexual orientation and gender identity portrayed in media and Hollywood, especially if they aren’t able to safely express themselves. We’re grateful to Joshua Rush for showing his fans that he supports them and that they are perfect and beautiful the way they are.”
While he hadn’t come out yet, it was just a few weeks ago that Rush shared a photo on Instagram after attending his first Pride event.
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my first pride was a resounding success! it's so amazing to see so many beautiful people out celebrating themselves and being proud of who they are. . my thoughts are with anyone hurt or injured at DC pride today. to my understanding there was a false alarm, but it doesn't make the fear, pain, and frustration any less real. don't let this stop you from celebrating pride. nobody should be paralyzed by fear because that is what the bigots want. they want people to go back to being afraid of being themselves. that's why pride exists. . @clairelipkin edited out the cancelled lesbian flag from this pic! thank u🥰