Television has come a long way over the years and has proven to be an essential tool for the LGBT community in developing widespread representation and awareness to the world. While we may now take for granted the presence of queer figureheads on TV, less than 30 years ago the mere presence of someone identifying as gay could send viewers into a tailspin, especially as being gay — or gay marriage — was illegal. As a result, things were often noted in code — such as flamboyancy or dress sense — in order to represent their sexuality, with kissing and romance happening off the screen. But there were moments that paved the way for greater acceptance — allowing people to finally feel seen for the way they want to love. For Metro.
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Update: Hallmark has apologized for pulling the ads. The Hallmark Channel pulled four TV ads featuring brides kissing each other on Thursday after a targeted campaign by a conservative group. The series of six ads, for the wedding planning website Zola, first appeared on the Hallmark Channel on Dec. The ads, which feature several configurations of couples, all offer variations on the same concept: While standing at the altar, couples ponder whether guests would have arrived on time and bought them better gifts if only they had created a custom wedding website with Zola. In some of the ads, the couples kiss at the altar and in the aisle, surrounded by friends. Most of the ads feature a same-sex female couple along with heterosexual couples. One of the six ads focuses on only the lesbian couple.
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When it finally aired, I sat with my parents and older sister together in our living room and we watched Beth Jordache played by actress Anna Friel and Margaret Clemence Nicola Stephenson share a kiss during the final seconds of that particular episode. At the time, that kiss was controversial, innovative, and important. But now, more than 25 years on, it seems a same-sex kiss can still cause an uproar. In fact, that very same year, CBBC also aired its first same-sex kiss.
This makes his relationship with love-interest, Kevin, all the more captivating. When alone together, Damon is shy, telling Ricky he has never kissed anyone before, while Ricky is confident and experienced. Ricky twirls Damon around and attempts to put him at ease before kissing him for the first time. Arguably an unexpected coupling, character Poussey and Soso end up being pretty perfect for one another.