Steph, played by actress Carla Bonner, returns to Erinsborough after a stint in prison and has been dating a woman named Belinda.
The direction is a shift away from her previous heterosexual romances, with Max Hoyland (Stephen Lovatt) and Toadfish Rebecchi (Ryan Moloney) and her affections for Drew (Dan Paris).
“I thought it was a really smart move on the part of the writers and producer. There has always been a little speculation that Steph and Libby had a little thing going. Because of Steph’s nature, I really don’t think people will be surprised, they just won’t be expecting it,” she said.
“The way that it has been written, it’s very sensitive and certainly not smutty. I’m very happy with how it plays out. If it contributes to normalising same-sex relationships in some way, that’s great.”
Neighbours has previously included gay characters, notably with Chris Pappas (James Mason), Nate Kinski (Meyne Wyatt), Aaron Brennan (Matt Wilson), Hudson (Remy Hii), Aidan Foster (Bobby Morley), Andrew Watson (Chris Uhlman), Andrew “Macca” MacKenzie (John Morris) and Lana Crawford (Bridget Neval).
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….
Source: Digital Spy