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