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PHOTOS: 25 childhood heartthrobs from Disney Channel who sparked our gay awakenings

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maybe it was seeing a heartthrob on TV — on, say, the Disney Channel — and thinking, “Yep! That confirms it.”Disney’s track record with gay representation is… questionable, to say the least.

It’s taken the company a painfully long time to embrace queerness in its media, with the first character on Disney Channel to say the words “I’m gay” being as recent as 2019 on the prematurely canceled Andi Mack.

Then there’s the impossibly high number of “first openly gay character”s in Disney movies, most recently and explicitly the teenage Ethan Cade in Strange World, whose story revolves around his crush on another boy.

But even with Disney taking its sweet time making queer characters, they couldn’t help us little gay boys from crushing on their casts.

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