Saturday, 8 July 2017

Blind Date set to celebrate Pride with LGBT episode tonight

Blind Date will hit our screens tonight with something being described as a "mile stone", with the first LGBT+ episode to be broadcast.

More than 30 years after it first hit our screens, the show returned to Channel 5 last month.

The LGBT episode has been planned to coincide with London Pride which is also happening today.

LGBT charity Stonewall is said to be thrilled with the decision, a spokesperson for the charity said: "These demonstrations of inclusion are really welcomed by the community and show how far society - and lesbian, gay, bi and trans representation in the media - has come."

They added that they hope other programmes will follow Channel 5's lead. In a statement the TV channel said: "The new Blind Date has been updated to make it relevant for today's audience. We wanted to be inclusive with our contestants and having LGBT representation throughout the series was really important".

The original show was presented by the legendary Cilla Black, and her close friend Paul O'Grady has been at the helm for the relaunch.

When it was announced that Blind Date was coming back, show producers said they would make the programme more inclusive, and it seems they've kept their word.

I will be watching because I think this will be refreshing for LGBT+ people, in terms of Saturday night viewing.

I remember growing up and feeling like I barely ever saw any gay characters or people on television, which just added to my anxiety that I was not normal.

If young people don't see themselves on television what else do we expect them to think? They'll just grow up feeling "less than", something which we cannot allow to happen.

Yes rights such as same sex marriage, and legal protections are vital, but so is our representation in the media, which has started to happen in recent years, which is massively encouraging.

So U.K. people make sure you tune into Channel 5 at 8pm tonight.

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