Prej­u­dice and Pride

TV Times - - Thursday - NA

on 17 novem­ber 1987, 14 mil­lion peo­ple watched as Barry gave his boyfriend Colin a peck on the fore­head in East­end­ers. It was TV’S first male gay kiss and, de­spite its tame na­ture, it caused up­roar, with view­ers call­ing the kiss ‘ab­so­lutely dis­gust­ing’ and ‘re­pug­nant’. Twenty years af­ter ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity had been partly de­crim­i­nalised, Bri­tain was still very much di­vided. So much so that in 1988, the gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced Sec­tion 28, which pro­hib­ited schools from ‘in­ten­tion­ally pro­mot[ing] ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity’. This huge step back­wards for LGBTQ rights gal­vanised the com­mu­nity, but in­cred­i­bly the law re­mained in place un­til 2000.

East­end­ers’ Barry and Colin shared TV’S first gay kiss

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