‘Eastenders’ producers are allegedly considering plans to introduce an LGBTQ+ venue to the UK soap.
Kate Oates recently became the senior executive producer for the BBC show and recently took to Twitter to address questions from fans.
Having already been open about her plans to further represent the diversity and multiculturalism of the UK, Oates said in a video posted on the social network: “I am… really interested in bringing some more LGBTQ characters in, and maybe we will have a new precinct for them as well.”
“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.”
You asked the questions. Kate Oates, our new Senior Executive Producer, provided the answers. Enjoy a taste of what lies ahead in Walford for 2019! #AskKateOates #EastEnders pic.twitter.com/krKruPIQVF
— BBC EastEnders (@bbceastenders) January 1, 2019
Oates added that the plans will hopefully be “something exciting for the next year,” hinting that the plans may be well and truly underway already.
In 1987, Eastenders became the first soap to feature a same-sex kiss and the following year saw a male couple kiss each other on the lips. Since then, the soap has tried to reflect the community in its storylines and cast. Most recently, a New Year’s Eve episode featured a female character telling her mother that she was in love with another girl.
Prior to joining Eastenders, Oates was heavily involved in creating storylines for Coronation Street which dealt with topics such as sexual grooming and male rape.
Fans on social media have already provided their thoughts on the move, even suggesting what the new venue could be called.
This time next year I hope everyone in EastEnders is gay. Including Dot. And Pat’s ghost.
— Michael Lee Richardson ???? (@HRFMichael) January 2, 2019
They’re opening a gay bar in Eastenders to reflect the reality of modern London? Hope they truly commit and close it promptly after opening so the land can be sold to luxury flat developers with a Pret on the ground floor
— Richard (@richardtagger) January 2, 2019
It should be called the Prince Albert, obviously. https://t.co/RA7MGzNPxM
— Nick Levine (@mrnicklevine) January 2, 2019
You, the Pope: a gay bar in Eastenders?! God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!
Me, a sexually liberated cultural historian: pic.twitter.com/2oDGsxJ45Q
— Stuart Millard (@franticplanet) January 2, 2019