You heard it here as a rumour last December, and now Home and Away has confirmed a gay character is entering Summer Bay.
Soapie veteran Ray Meagher was asked whether he’d like to see a gay character introduced to Home and Away, by UK’s Digital Spy.
“That’s already happening – there is a storyline coming up,” he said.
“Our writers do try to keep abreast with the times, so there is an interesting character coming in. I won’t tell you too much more about him, about how he works out or what happens, but that is being addressed.
“And we’re all very pleased about it, by the way!”
The arrival will follow repeated criticism that the show needed to improve its diversity, after the last inclusion of any note in 2009 sent network executives into a spin. After media whipped up headlines, ahead of a same-sex kiss between Charlie (Esther Anderson) and Joey (Kate Bell), it was edited out before broadcast.
Last August all networks signed an industry charter to encourage greater diversity, both on and off-screen.
Home and Away has featured gay / bisexual characters fleetingly in the past, as far back as 1995, but trails the inclusiveness of TEN’s Neighbours.