Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Queer As TV Folk


It’s been a long time since Colin Russell and Barry Clark had the first on screen kiss in a TV soap back in a 1987 episode of EastEnders prompting thousands of complaints from viewers and the soap labeled as ‘EastBenders.’ Fast-forward 24 years and there isn’t now a single soap without a gay character, a sure sign of the changed times and acceptance in society.
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Here we look back at your favourites

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Waylon Smithers Jr
The Simpsons


After years of rumors that he was in unrequited love with Mr. Burns, Smithers finally came out by staying in. In Springfield’s 2002 Gay Pride parade Smithers was seen riding a float called ‘Stayin’ In The Closet.’
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Tom Farrel
Gimme Gimme Gimme


‘Vomit inducingly vile’ Tom was the flat mate of socially inept Linda La Hughes. Based at 69 Paradise Passage Tom was a failing actor who often bragged about his 15 seconds as an extra on Eastenders to anyone who would listen, including Beryl his landlady who use to run a brothel. His love/hate relationship with Linda seen them spend three years sending putrid but hilariously sarcastic one-liners back and forth.

Tom was last seen in a taxi heading north after landing a part as the Bell Boy in Crossroads. Created by Jonathan Harvey who is also responsible for the amazing film Beautiful Thing.
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Mickey McGuire | Shameless


Violent drug dealing Mickey with just a hint of behavioral problems is son of Paddy and Mimi; the Chatsworth estates drug dealing hard nuts. Despite his aggressive exterior Mickey tries several times to better himself, including enrolling at college to study film. However he soon discovers his passion is in writing erotic literature, which leads to having an affair with his tutor.

Just don’t mention his beloved dog Nelson who was put down after his family discovered Mickey had put some Pedigree Chum in some very dodgy places.
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Tony Hills & Simon Raymond
Eastenders


Tony turned up in 1995 and it wasn’t long before he was causing trouble on the square. The ladies man started selling ecstasy and shortly after started dating Tiffany Raymond, however it was Tiffany’s brother Simon that Tony was falling for. After a long will they wont they build up Tony and Simon finally kissed in Blackpool. Like all good dramas, Tiffany later caught them in the act back in Walford.

Turbulent months lay ahead for Tony including finding out his baby with Tiffany was actually Grants’. Tony later went on to have relationships with several other women before finally accepting he was bisexual. Simon on the other hand had a mental breakdown after his sister was killed in a car crash. Accidently setting fire to his mums flat shortly followed, as did a kidnap attempt of his niece.

Eventually Simon and Tony reconciled and walked off together into the sunset to travel Europe in 1999. Watch the classic clip below:
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Mr. Humphries
Are You Being Served


Who could forget this fabulous camp sales assistant of the menswear apartment in Grace Brother’s famous department store? Although there was a never a time his sexuality was discussed it was the innuendo of many jokes.

His mincing walk and camp catchphrase ‘I’m free’ accompanied by his willingness to be ever ready to take the measurement of an inside leg. In one episode Mrs. Slocomb asks Mr. Humphries if he is relieved or disappointed to which he replies ‘I’m neither one way or another.’
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Frank Pickle | Vicar Of Dibley


Lonely eccentric Frank is the secretary for Dibley Parish Council. Extremely boring he is the frustration of many of the villagers’ lives, full of useless information and stories such as ‘the time I heard a cuckoo in March that later turned out to be a pigeon.’ Frank plucks up the courage to finally come out live on his radio show. The next day he is thrilled to discover that all the villagers treat him indifferently, unbeknown to him, with the exception of the vicar, not one of them tuned in.
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Quentin Crisp
Naked Civil Servant


‘Sexual Intercourse is a Poor Substitute for Masturbation’ is just one of the eccentric and shocking subtitles in this 1975 TV movie. The film is a portrayal of obstacles, prejudice and courage. The film simply speaks for itself so instead of me saying more all I’ll do is encourage you to watch the full movie here on YouTube.

What I will say is that the film came in 4th position in a poll to find the 100 Greatest British Films of the 20th Century. John Hurt also won the award for Best Actor in 1976 for his portrayal of Quentin at the BAFTA Awards.
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Kurt Hummel | Glee


Camp bullied schoolboy Kurt first appeared on our TV screens in 2010 struggling not to come to terms with his sexuality but with the fear of losing his loved ones if he dares to live a life true to himself.

Many gays around the world have cried as they identify themselves with this beautifully portrayed and written character. Kurt has come out to his loving father who stood by him solidly and found romance in a relationship that every gay boy who ever went to school wanted - in the arms of Blaine.
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Nathan Maloney
Queer As Folk


In 1998 Queer as Folk exploded onto Channel 4 screens. Centre of that was Nathan Maloney, a 15 year old school boy who in his own words ‘like cock, I like sucking cock and I’m good at it too.’ There is no doubt that this program was a stamp to say we’re here we’re queer and get the fuck over it.

Nathan went on to acquire and obsessive schoolboy crush with Stuart Allen Jones. His nerves of first entering the ‘gay scene’ soon turned to excitement as he discovered a hedonistic world of being exactly who you want to be. Something I’m sure any gay teenager who was brought up in Manchester could relate to when they strolled down Canal Street’s famous cobbles for the first time.

Nathan was proud of whom he is and if we believe what went on in the U.S version went on to become a very successful artist and eventually tamed Stuart Allen Jones. Best quote of the series ‘I’m doing it, I’m really doing it.’
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Rickie | My So Called Life


In this very short-lived drama spanning just one series in 1994 Rickie made a big impact. Brought up and physically abused by his uncle. In a bid to express himself he wore bright clothes and eye makeup and felt most at home ‘in the girls bathroom.’ He is eventually kicked out by his uncle and fostered by his gay English teacher who becomes a mentor for Rickie.
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Will O’Brien | Mile High


Quite possibly the most stereotypical gay trolley dolly to every hit our screens. For 3 years Will was the original cart tart and arch nemesis to Janice Steel calling her ‘mutton dressed as shite.’ Not only did he love to cause as many problems as he could, one time by wanking into a passengers chicken and mayo sandwich, he also loved straight boy Marco Bailey. In an end to the storyline Marco left leaving Will going off the rails on a drink and drug binge.

In the final ever episode we see Will and Janice have put their past behind them and have left Fresh Air to set up a bar in Marbella.
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