This may give a whole new meaning to the term “Flamin’ hell….”
After the nation voted in favour of same sex marriage, there are rumours that Home & Away maybe planning to introduce a gay character.
Summer Bay is a lone outpost in not including an ongoing same-sex character, with Erinsborough long addressing inclusion years ago.
Speculation doesn’t indicate whether such a character would be male nor female, nor whether it would be a regular resident (let alone whether they will be afforded an on-screen love life).
TV historian Andrew Mercado told TV Tonight, “Home & Away is the only soap in the western world NOT to feature gay characters these days. Neighbours has had several for years now, and in a G-rated timeslot. And even Days Of Our Lives, which is considered the most conservative US daytime soap because it is set around a Catholic family, now has core Horton family members who are gay.
“Given Home & Away’s promo for 2018 indicates that new River Boys are coming to the Bay, let’s hope they try something different for a change instead of the endless tales about drugs and crime – I for one would be fascinated to see the fallout if one of their blokiest boofheads came out as gay.”
Home and Away has featured gay / bisexual characters fleetingly in the past, as far back as 1995. But the last inclusion of any note in 2009 attracted headlines, objections and sent network execs into meltdown, editing out a same-sex kiss for Charlie (Esther Anderson) and Joey (Kate Bell). Eventually Charlie hooked up with a character of the opposite sex.
It isn’t clear just when a new gay character will arrive, if at all, but cast member Shane Withington hinted at it on social media.