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Student Pride calls on BBC to allow same-sex dance couples on Strictly

Student Pride calls on BBC to allow same-sex dance couples on Strictly

National Student Pride shows us how to duck walk | Photo: Student Pride

Student Pride is calling on the BBC to allow same-sex couples on Strictly Come Dancing.

The BBC has shown its reluctance to allow gay celebs to dance with a same-sex professional partner.

Other versions of the show have allowed it with no issue. Tonight’s episode of Dancing With The Stars in Australia will see drag queen Courtney Act dance with a male professional.

But one Pride event is showing how it can be done.

Strictly Come Voguing will see students from around the country compete in a dance competition, anyone can apply to take part.

It will also feature a professional vogue group, The House of Revlon. The format of the show will mix a drag runway, a voguing final and an onstage masterclass.

The queer history of voguing

Vogue was picked by the festival as the ballroom scene is steeped in LGBTI history.

Georgina Trott, co-chair, said: ‘It’s crazy such a great show doesn’t have same-sex couples competing.

‘We can’t wait to show the world that two women, or two men – indeed anyone regardless of their gender identity – can dance, in any dance style.’

Other Student Pride events will celebrate 50 years since the Stonewall Riots.

Guests include actor Ian McKellen, host Evan Davis, activist Munroe Bergdorf and model Reece King.

National Student Pride takes place on 23 February at the University of Westminster.

The daytime event is free for all to attend, and features the biggest LGBT+ careers fair in the UK.

Weekend wristbands with afterparty entry where Trinity the Tuck is performing at G-A-Y Heaven are £5 and available now.

For more information, visit the official National Student Pride website. Gay Star News is a media partner of National Student Pride.

See also:

Ian McKellen to speak at National Student Pride in London next month

Strictly must evolve and finally allow celebs to have a same-sex partner

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