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UK soap EastEnders is to have its own Pride march for the very first time

UK soap EastEnders is to have its own Pride march for the very first time

A gay kiss in EastEnders | Photo: BBC

British soap EastEnders is set to have its first Pride march.

Characters in Walford, in amidst the drama and divorce and death, will be showing their diversity in an upcoming episode.

There will also be a gay bar opening on the show.

The episode will air around July.

A spokesperson for Stonewall told The Sun: ‘It’s been more than 30 years since EastEnders featured the UK’s first on-screen same-sex kiss. So it’s great to hear Walford will be celebrating Pride.’

A source added to their report: ‘It’s going to be a huge event on the square filled with joy…

‘But, as with any event on Albert Square, there is certain to be plenty of drama happening alongside the celebration.’

The event will likely be held as close to Pride in London. Fans should expect the scenes to air on Friday.

Kate Oates, who recently became the popular BBC One show’s senior executive producer, spoke of her plans to represent the diversity and multiculturalism of the UK’s city while addressing questions from fans in a video on Twitter.

‘I am … really interested in bringing some more LGBTQ characters in, and maybe we will have a new precinct for them as well,’ Oates said in the video.

‘We are looking at opening a gay bar on the square, which will be a super-cool precinct where gay and straight characters can all just hang out and loads of stories can cross and should just be something really exciting, really fun, really visual and feel really true to multicultural London.’

LGBTI trendsetters

One of the UK’s most popular soap operas, Eastenders has prided itself on reflecting the cultural diversity of modern-day London.

The show was also one of the first prime-time entertainment shows in Britain to include LGBTI representation.

In 1987, the soap featured the first same-sex kiss when one male character gave another a peck on the forehead.

The show upped the ante the following year when it featured a male couple kissing on the lips.

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