Home and Away flirted briefly with a same-sex teen kiss last night when Ty (Darius Williams) made a move on his friend Ryder (Lukas Radovich).
“I like you, Ryder,” Ty said.
I like you too, man. You’re the best!” Ryder replied.
“You mean that?” Ty asked as he leaned in for the smooch.
But Ryder deflected the move telling his friend saying, “I… I didn’t mean…,” prompting Ty to run off, embarrassed, as the credits rolled.
The scene is significant for the fact that in 2009 nervous Seven execs got cold feet over a same-sex kiss between Charlie (Esther Anderson) and Joey (Kate Bell), both several years older.
It was edited out before ever being broadcast after newspapers whipped it up into a media frenzy.
Since then Summer Bay has been conspicuously devoid of gay characters, while other shows such as Neighbours and Dance Academy have led the way, and the country voted for marriage equality.
Darius Williams, who plays foster teen Ty to John Palmer (Shane Withington) and Marilyn (Emily Symons) is understood to be in a guest role on the Seven soap.