‘I’d love to dance in a same sex cou­ple on Strictly!’

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Strictly sent so­cial me­dia into melt­down re­cently when pro­fes­sional dancers AJ Pritchard and Gorka Márquez danced to­gether on the podium in the open­ing se­quence. It was the first time Strictly had fea­tured a same sex rou­tine and it was a mas­sive mile­stone for the show and the BBC. For years, fans and the LGBT com­mu­nity have been want­ing this to hap­pen and there it was on prime­time tele­vi­sion; two men danc­ing to­gether. It was a big deal be­cause the BBC have never done any­thing like it be­fore and I think it’s fan­tas­tic. It’s about time they recog­nised it and it made me happy. I re­ally think that at some point in the fu­ture, they should have same sex part­ners as con­tes­tants on the show. Why not? And if they want to sign me up one day to dance with a man, then bril­liant – I’d love to do that. I see guys danc­ing to­gether all the time in my job be­cause of what I do for a liv­ing, be­ing on stage and in mu­si­cals, like Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, so it’s just nor­mal. I didn’t re­alise the im­por­tance of it un­til I saw so­cial me­dia and Strictly fans go­ing crazy over it. It is so vi­tal that the BBC are seen to be in­clu­sive, as they were last year with con­tes­tants like Par­a­lympian Jon­nie Pea­cock and this year with Lau­ren Stead­man, an­other Par­a­lympic ath­lete. In the mean­time, I am cheer­ing on my for­mer Blue band­mate and good friend Lee Ryan on Strictly. Lee’s do­ing so well – he’s work­ing hard and putting so much ef­fort in. I am so proud of him and of course he can win! He’s got a re­ally good op­por­tu­nity – go Lee!

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