The Jackie Forster Gay Times Hon­our (Im­pact in Me­dia, TV and En­ter­tain­ment) EastEn­ders (first aired 1985)

Gay Times Magazine - - Ryan J Brown - By Matthew Stone (b. 1982) Dig­i­tal print on linen, 2017

Jackie Forster was a founder mem­ber of the Gay Lib­er­a­tion Front; founded Sap­pho, one of the long­est-run­ning les­bian pub­li­ca­tions; and marched on the first gay pride in 1971. She was a pi­o­neer of queer politics and fem­i­nism, whose work had a huge im­pact on shap­ing the Les­bian Ar­chive and In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre.

From the first gay kiss in a Bri­tish soap opera in 1987, EastEn­ders has con­sis­tently fea­tured LGBTQ char­ac­ters, in open and truth­ful sto­ry­lines. Watched by mil­lions, EastEn­ders has brought LGBTQ is­sues and peo­ple into the na­tional con­ver­sa­tion.

A script from 1987 is re­pro­duced in the art­work, it fea­tures a scene from the first gay sto­ry­line that chal­lenged some of the ig­no­rance sur­round­ing the HIV/AIDS cri­sis.

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