In case you missed it, Joshua Rush‘s character on Disney Channel’s Andi Mack came out as gay in a recent episode, which was a first for Disney Channel. Obviously, this was a huge moment for the network, and we’re super proud of Joshua not only for being the first supporting actor to portray an openly gay character on Disney Channel, but for being so supportive of the LGBTQ community as well.

After the episode aired, the 17-year-old took to Twitter to share his thoughts, writing, “Every day is a blessing working on this show. This milestone is just another stitch in a rich and vibrant tapestry that is Cyrus Goodman.”

Obviously, we’re so down for Disney being more inclusive and showing a wider range of characters. Unfortunately, though, one Twitter user came at the network hard for including a gay character, and honestly, it was downright mean.

In a since-deleted tweet, the Twitter troll wrote, “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.”

Joshua was quick to respond to the hate, and TBH, he did so in the best way possible.

The actor tweeted, “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. 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.” Preach it, Joshua!

He also reminded the troll that just because they hit delete on a tweet, that doesn’t mean that it’s gone.

Along with a screenshot of the hateful message, the Disney star wrote, “The internet is forever, you can’t delete a tweet and expect it to be gone lol.”

But wait, there’s more. The hater argued with Joshua some more, but in return, he served them with simple facts about the importance of loving and accepting people for who they are.

“It’s fine to have your opinion,” he said. “But we’re just trying to explain how an opinion like that–one that supports LGBTQ+ kids not having a voice–can be really damaging.”

Thanks for standing up for what’s right, Joshua! It hasn’t gone unnoticed.

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