A GAY GUY IN THE BAY

Soap World - - THE GOSS! -

In a re­cent in­ter­view, Home and Away stal­wart RAY MEAGHER (Alf) con­firmed that the pop­u­lar soap, which is cel­e­brat­ing 30 years on air this year, will be in­tro­duc­ing a new gay male char­ac­ter to Sum­mer Bay in the months ahead. The show, which rarely fea­tures gay sto­ry­lines, with the last be­ing the ul­ti­mately aborted and con­tro­ver­sial les­bian fling be­tween Char­lie Buck­ton and Joey Collins in 2009, has earned crit­i­cism for its lack of sex­ual di­ver­sity. Meagher, how­ever, says that’s chang­ing. “There is a sto­ry­line com­ing up. Our writ­ers do try to keep abreast of the times, so there is an in­ter­est­ing char­ac­ter com­ing in. I won’t tell you too much more about him, and how he works out or what hap­pens, but that is be­ing ad­dressed,” Meagher pre­views. SW

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