Gays of Our Lives: Sex, Lies and Murder Trials on ‘Hollyoaks’


In this week’s edition of Gays of Our Lives…..

  • Jack is accused of a horrible act on Shortland Street, leading to the reveal of a dark secret. Has Jack done what he’s been accused of? And can his family survive the fallout?
  • Todd is not happy when Billy’s ex-lover Drew shows up on Coronation Street. Todd is certain that Drew has a hidden agenda where Billy is concerned and he’s right. But both Billy and Todd will be shocked when they learn what it is.
  • Ste has his day in court on Hollyoaks when he goes on trial for Amy’s murder. However, Harry is certain Ste is innocent and sets out to prove it. But Harry faces roadblocks in Ryan and James, Ste’s lawyer. Are Ryan and James hiding something about the night Amy died?
  • David and Aaron have their first kiss on Neighbours, but what happens next could ensure it’s their last.

All this and more!


Shortland Street (New Zealand)

Wow, this show moves fast.

Shortland Street is not subtle so I figured once Rocky asked Leroy if his uncle had molested him we’d learn that Rocky had been molested as a child. I have a hard time believing Rocky would admit it so quickly though. But things happen fast on this show. I mean just last week Jack and Charlie started dating and now Charlie’s asking Jack to move in!

But the pacing was messy across the board. Rocky accuses Charlie and Jack of molesting Michael, but it doesn’t pick up on that scene. Then later after Rocky admits to being sexually abused, they don’t continue there in the next episode, but hours later.

And what was the point of the molestation arc? Was it a quick fix to Mo and Rocky’s stormy relationship? A fast way to get Mo to forgive and forget that his father had abandoned him and was a lousy dad? I guess that’s easier that a long-term story of them working things out.

And I’ll bet like usual on this show, next week they will have forgotten it happened and will have moved on to something else. I mean the week started with Rocky railing about Jack being gay, had a middle with the reveal about Rocky’s abuse and ended with the family all together saying grace over a meal, all the drama forgotten.


EastEnders (U.K.)

This ‘find a roommate’ storyline has been dragging on for a while. Though it is realistic and there’s been some cute scenes, I’m glad it’s resolved so the guys can move on to other stories. I know Ben and Johnny decided not to date, but I want them to find other guys. And I’m betting that Jay and Donna wind up together. At least she’s of age.

Greenleaf (U.S.)

So the family lawyer wants to talk about… stuff, huh? Probably with he and Kevin naked, I bet?

I figured the family lawyer was gay last week. Only a matter of time before he and Kevin are sleeping together I wonder though, now that Charity and Kevin are divorced, where does the story go from here?

Kevin still refuses to accept that he’s gay, is his arc going to be about accepting himself? There’s only two episodes left in the season, I’m just curious how his story is going to wrap up for the year. I could see the show phasing Kevin out, but I hope that doesn’t happen. Television doesn’t have enough gay people of color on our screens.

I thought the family would flip out about Kevin being gay and want him blocked from seeing his child, but the only concern was about Kevin suing the family for money. I thought for sure it would be about sin and damnation and blah, blah, blah. Perhaps that’s more realistic.


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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  1. Unter Uns from Germany seems to be building towards a gay romance for Ringo – he has been eyeing up Valentin, the teenager he’s tutoring, like crazy and his friends are starting to cotton on, although Valentin’s adorably oblivious (he’s only had girlfriends to date, but he is 18 so maybe he will turn out to be bi?)

  2. I’m in complete agreement about the Mac story on Hollyoaks. Last week it crossed into being tiresome, and Marnie has ceased to be amusing. I haven’t missed Ste at all and wouldn’t mind if the show just had him convicted and sent to jail – off-screen, of course. Kudos to the writer who gave Warren the “Kardashian wannabee and Mrs Doubtfire” line when talking about Neeta and Sally. It’s completely in character for him, and his delivery was so deadpan that I couldn’t help but laugh out loud.

    The highlight of EastEnders for me was the Have You Ever game and how Ben didn’t hesitate to take a drink when Jay asked about having naughty dreams about someone else in the room. This is the Ben I’ve come to like so much. It would have been a nice touch and added more dimension to the scene if Johnny had been invited, too. No doubt he would have joined Abi in taking a drink for having caught his parents having sex, and it would have made the reason for Ben’s drink more ambiguous.

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