‘Andi Mack’ Wins GLAAD’s Inaugural Kids and Family Programming Award (EXCLUSIVE)

Andi Mack” has won the inaugural GLAAD Media Award for outstanding kids and family programming, Variety has learned exclusively.

“Our teen girl characters, Andi and Buffy, are on a journey to figuring out who they are, and I decided that Cyrus should go on that kind of journey too,” “Andi Mack” creator Terri Minsky said in an exclusive statement for Variety. “His starts with a couple of friends who make him feel safe — they don’t judge him, they protect him. Unlike when my generation was growing up, kids today are lucky to live at a time when the world is more accepting — more and more people don’t feel the need to hide who they are. That’s what we all need, no matter who we are — people who love us, and in the case of Cyrus, people who love him before he even fully loves himself. I know there’s a lot of kids out there who think they are weird and different for similar reasons, and I want Buffy to say it to all of them. I want them all to see they are loved and affirmed.”

“Andi Mack,” a Disney Channel live-action series, beat out the animated “Danger & Eggs” from Amazon, “The Loud House” from Nickelodeon, “Steven Universe” from Cartoon Network and Disney Channel’s own “The Emergency Plan” episode of “Doc McStuffins.”

Keiynan Lonsdale and Alexandra Shipp from “Love, Simon” announced the show as the winner and Luna Blaise from “Fresh Off The Boat” served as trophy presented at GLAAD’s “rising stars” luncheon held in Los Angeles, Calif. just ahead of Thursday’s 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards ceremony. The luncheon is designed to empower and invest in the next generation of LGBTQ change makers.

GLAAD added the kids and family programming category to its awards roster this year as a part of its ongoing work to increase the quality and quantity of LGBTQ characters and stories within the world of youth-oriented shows. During the year, GLAAD worked with the Disney Channel both on the story of Cyrus (Joshua Rush) coming out on “Andi Mack” as well as “The Emergency Pact” episode of “Doc McStuffins,” which centered on two moms (voiced by Wanda Sykes and Portia de Rossi).

“GLAAD is committed to advancing representation of LGBTQ people and stories at every stage of our lives, and the groundbreaking addition of the ‘outstanding kids and family programming’ category will raise the bar for current and future LGBTQ inclusion in this hugely popular and impactful genre,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, in a statement. “It’s vital that my two kids see their LGBTQ family portrayed in entertainment and media, and that young people, who are coming out earlier and in greater numbers, see their lives and experiences reflected in thoughtful, loving, and affirming ways.”

GLAAD also presented Rising Stars Grants to three college students, Gio Bravo, Leah Juliett and Shayna Maci Warner, who use media to accelerate LGBTQ acceptance.

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ community and the issues that affect their lives. The rising stars program was presented by Barilla, Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo, Delta Air Lines, Turner and Wells Fargo. Tommy Dorfman hosted the event, which featured a performance by Superfruit and appearances by Keiynan Lonsdale, Alexandra Shipp, Isabella Gomez, Nafessa Williams, August Getty and Jazz Jennings.

“Andi Mack” stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Sofia Wylie, Asher Angel, Rush, Lilan Bowden and Lauren Tom. The first two seasons of the show premiered last year and a third season has been ordered by the network.

Popular on Variety

More TV

  • TV Roundup: Erica Durance Reprises 'Smallville'

    TV News Roundup: Erica Durance Reprises 'Smallville' Role in 'Arrowverse' Crossover

    In today’s TV news roundup, Erica Durance reprises her “Smallville” role in the CW’s annual “Arrowverse” crossover, and Showtime shares with Variety an exclusive sneak peek at the return of “The Circus.” FIRST LOOKS “2020 is the most important election of our lifetime,” Alex Wagner says in a new trailer for the fourth season of [...]

  • Patrick Whitesell and Ari Emanuel WME

    Endeavor Targets Sept. 27 for Stock Debut, IPO Video Tells Company's Origin Story

    After years of preparation, Endeavor is set to make its formal Wall Street debut on Sept. 27, when its stock will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Endeavor has targeted Sept. 26 for the final pricing of its shares. The stock will trade publicly the following day. Earlier this week, Endeavor said its [...]


    TV Review: 'A Little Late with Lilly Singh'

    Lilly Singh is well aware of her unique place in late night. After kicking off her first episode with a rap dedicated to the fact that she is not, unlike every other network late-night host, a straight white man, Singh walks out onto her own stage and addresses it with her audience directly. “I get [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    Peter Coyote Riffs on 'Country Music' and How He Admires and Challenges Ken Burns

    Though an instantly recognizable face from films such as “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “A Walk to Remember” and “Erin Brockovich,” it is Peter Coyote’s voice — a coolly authoritative baritone with a Zen master’s holy roll — that has endeared him to documentary lovers and makers. Alrhough director-writer Alex Gibney used Coyote’s wisened narration for “Enron: [...]


    Emmys 2019: Inside All the Hottest Pre-Parties

    It’s (Emmys) party time! Before the 71st annual Emmys go live on Sunday, stars and execs are keeping busy by party-hopping in the days leading up to the big show. Here, Variety gives you the inside details on who was where and what they were doing. Keep checking back right here throughout the weekend for [...]

  • Atmosphere71st Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations Announcement,

    Emmys: Looking Ahead to 2020, Here Are Some of the Rules That the TV Academy Should Address

    When this year’s Emmy nominations were announced in July, Netflix’s gripping and powerful “When They See Us” earned several well-deserved nods, including limited series, as well as actor (Jharrel Jerome) and directing (Ava DuVernay) for limited series or a movie. It also cleaned up in the limited series supporting actor and actress categories — but [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content