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Gays of Our Lives: Your Man Is Gay, Girl

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!

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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?

© XJJohnson/JPI Studios
© 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.

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