Spoiler: This week a teenage male character on Neighbours will come out, in a storyline move that is sure to attract some attention.
Episodes last week showed Chris (James Mason) dealing with some personal issues and promos indicate a “secret” is revealed this week.
A same-sex kiss on Home and Away was hotly debated in the media last year, despite Neighbours handling a similar situation quite well with Lana Crawford (Bridget Neval) in 2004.
While female characters have been more prominent in Erinsborough, this will not be the first inclusion of a gay male, despite some suggestions in the press.
In 1994 Andrew “Macca” MacKenzie (John Morris) was a builder who worked with Doug Willis (Terence Donovan).
In 1996 schoolteacher Andrew Watson (Chris Uhlman) became the subject of school student rumours, and then a campaign by parents who wanted his removal from the classroom.
There have also been several other incidental gay male characters.
And then there was hairdresser Gino Esposito (Shane McNamara), and his flatmate Aaron (who later worked at the garage). Gino eventually ended up sharing house with Harold, frequently watching musicals on DVD together but never speaking about the love that dare not speak its name….