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Gays of Our Lives: Your Man Is Gay, Girl

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In this week’s Gays of Our LivesLawrence has to finally face that he’s gay when his wife finds out about his ex-lover Ronnie being in town. But who will pay the price when Bernice goes on a violent rage? Find out on Emmerdale. Plus, US soaps General Hospital and Days of Our Lives feature their gays in the same week. Miracles do happen! And on Coronation Street, Todd tries to frame Tony for murder and winds up a target of the cops himself. But will being in Billy’s arms make him feel better? All this – and more!

PICKS AND PANS

Coronation Street (U.K.)

vlcsnap-2016-06-06-01h23m00s148I’m glad that Todd and Billy are being given more to do. I like both characters and I enjoy seeing them involved in more story. I think Todd’s dilemma is a compelling one as he is truly conflicted about wanting to protect both Sarah and Jason, two people he cares a lot about.

And the show is obviously drawing Billy and Todd closer together, though I still don’t believe they are headed for a romance. At least I hope not. I don’t want Todd stealing another one of Sean’s men. Even though Billy deserves far better than Sean.

 


Days of Our Lives (U.S.)

I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I don’t like Paul still sitting around mooning over Sonny. Actually, I’ve never liked it, even when Sonny was still in Salem. I just don’t buy that a hot, wealthy guy like Paul would constantly put his life on hold for a man that first was married and then moved away with no promises of returning.

It’s not romantic, it’s sad and pathetic. And a bit obsessive. Move on. Besides, if Paul did fall for another guy and then Sonny came back, it would make the story that much more compelling. But the way it’s looking, Sonny returns and he and Paul will get back together. Where’s the drama?

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© XJJohnson/JPI Studios

As for this past week, I liked that Henry’s parents already knew Henry was gay and were just waiting for him to come out. They didn’t let their faith get in the way of loving their son and being good and supportive parents. But I wish we’d of seen those moments on screen. That’s the kind of positive message that should be aired and not just referred to.

As for Henry asking Paul out on a date, it’s totally realistic that a young guy like Henry would go for an older man, especially one who has been mentoring him. We’ve all been in that situation. But of course they’d never go there with Paul and Henry, even if it’s more plausible than some might like to think.

Besides, this show’s history is full of love stories between teenagers and adults. That was the primary conflict between Bo and Hope back in the day. And this show is about to push a romance between teenager Ciara and 20 something Chad. Not for the gays though. Hmmm…

Oh well, I wouldn’t mind seeing a little teen romance for Henry and some guy. But I imagine that’s highly unlikely given the thimbleful of appearances this kid has had since his debut in January.


EastEnders (U.K.)

So how soon will Johnny and Steven be sleeping together? The show telegraphed that impending affair, didn’t they?

vlcsnap-2016-06-05-16h16m45s825What was the point of bringing Christian back? He did very little while he was here and left without a goodbye to the audience. It was nice to see him, I just wish more had been done with him dramatically.

Wouldn’t Jane (or anyone in the extended Beale family) be afraid of Bobby at this point? Yes, people outside of the family are creeped out by Bobby, but it just seems unrealistic that no one in the family is unnerved about Bobby and wouldn’t want him around.

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About the author

Anthony D. Langford

I watch a lot of television, probably too much. But can you really watch too much TV? I've yet to find out. Anyway, I especially love TV when they give us positive portrayals of gays, something that has gotten better but we're still fighting for. I've written about gays in television for many years first at the much missed After Elton, then New Now Next and now at TV Source. It's kind of a passion of mine and I look forward to sharing it with you.

  • Ryan

    The constant fighting between Robert and Aaron is tiring and boring. If they fight again within a week of every reconciliation and reconcile within a day of every break up, none of it has any meaning. Either have the characters work through their issues or have them break up. Watching them alternate between “I just remembered I can’t trust you” and “I just remembered that I can’t live without you” isn’t good TV.

  • Ryan

    Ugh. “Love is love” is a political statement advocating equal treatment of relationships. It isn’t an erasure of sexual identity. If they want to make Steven bisexual, acknowledge it rather than dancing around it (the same goes for sexual question mark Robert Sugden).

  • Ryan

    Their relationship is encapsulated in the time Ste had Harry fill in for him at his job trial (how did he think that could work?) because he valued not letting Amy know he was homeless more than getting a job or letting Harry revise. I don’t condone Harry cheating on Ste with James, but I can’t blame him. The right move would be to dump Ste, but if he wasn’t willing to do that, he had few desperate options.

  • Peter J4

    I really hope Hollyoaks sees the obvious chemistry between Harry and James and will keep them in the current bizarre relationship they currently have. Harry is so boring with Ste, because it’s always about Ste and his needs and many issues. Parry seems to be much more lively with the guy who plays James.

  • Peter J4

    Sadly it looks rushed as all hell.

  • Anthony D. Langford

    Well, if you’ve seen the latest spoilers, Billy/Todd is the direction this story is headed in.

  • Peter J4

    I have a feeling the only reason EE brought Christian back is because the current (outgoing) producer is friendly with John Partridge. I mean it made sense for him to be there for a few days, to be with Jane, but like last year, when he came back for Jane’s wedding, he felt completely pointless. At least he was confused and annoyed at seeing Steven. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Jane and Christian’s mother Linda – she always got on my nerves before. I was, sadly, not surprised at the complete lack of mention of Syed – a part of me wonders if they may plan to bring Christian back eventually and say he and Syed have split.

    As for Emmerdale, I still don’t care about Robert and Aaron as a couple, but I’m glad Robert is finally starting to react more the way he would have reacted all along.

  • Peter J4

    The main problem with Steven and Johnny is it’s just a tired retread of Ben and Abi and Paul. I have a feeling that the showrunners think it’s clever to have sisters as beards. It’s actually lazy as hell. The other problem is that the show is choosing to ignore any conversation about Steven’s sexuality – likely so that we will be “shocked” when he does have a grope with Johnny (although after that look, I don’t know if anyone will be surprised). Aaron SIdwell, who plays Steven, responded to the fan complaints about not mention Steven’s sexuality by tweeting that you can love anyone, “love is love,” and so on. That’s very true, but this isn’t so simple. The last time Steven was on the show, they had a horrible, offensive storyline where they essentially equated being gay with being mentally ill and trying to kill people. They also said being bisexual is a lie and self-hating. That is not going to go away, and if they decide to yet again portray Steven as manipulative and disturbed, then it’s just sending out even more dangerous messages.

    I agree about Billy and Todd, although I don’t know if the show has the ability to write for such a complex couple.

  • Jim Lo

    I have to say I really liked Steven and Johnny’s interaction in the pub, it might have been short but the look Johnny gave Steven was hot. Just wish it’ll go somewhere and not drag out forever while Steven is with Lauren(ugh). Unlike Ben ,whose rocky relationship with Paul is now sweet and normal (not for long I know, but still) Johnny never had an actual on screen relation, he had a fling with Gianluca and a couple of kisses. I guess what I’d want the writers to do is revisit the Johnny Tom thing for a while (more of the gorgeous Paramedic defo won’t hurt) make it casual, spark some jealousy with Steven or something, doesn’t matter just make it happen please. They also have to start giving Johnny more scenes ‘cuz by the look of things it’s turning into how it was for Sam before he left the role.

    Emmerdale really surprised this week, Robron actually kissed and hugged, who’d have thought those two were dating? I mean the past couple of weeks they’ve been calling each other “mate” and sitting within a foot of each other. Other than that don’t really care for them, although suppose Emmerdale should thank the last producer for creating this “couple” since it won them best soap. The Ronnie Lawrence stuff is kinda cool, as it might finally mean that Mr. White will come out.

    As for Corrie, I hope with all my heart Billy will be the one for Todd, they look great together and although I’m not looking forward to seeing more of Sean, I’ll endure it if it means maybe Billy will help Todd open up about what happened to him in London(especially since they seem to have had quite the influence on each other.)