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In a year where screaming into the abyss pre-9am is as part of my regular schedule as making a cup of tea, I was pinning all my hopes on the Strictly Come Dancing line-up announcements to bring some silly, fluffy joy back to my life in the form of the prospect of national treasures doing the Charleston. The long-swirling rumours that a same-sex dance pairing would be introduced to the show were confirmed today as Nicola Adams was announced as part of the line-up.
Refusing to introduce a same-sex coupling on a show that is as camp as it gets — seriously, have you seen Halloween week? Now, imagine that grandma, and mum and dad, and their gay child sitting around the screen eating a takeaway, watching as Nicola Adams dances across the floor in the arms of another woman.
There is no explaining what that level of exposure and acceptance will mean for a young queer person, heck, even a grown queer person. While we have had plenty of queer people on Strictly before, they have been paired up with the opposite sex — which is fine in theory, but in the romantic dances, you are denying a celebrity the chance to really show their authentic selves. The idea that two women will now dance the tango and the rumba in front of the nation at 7pm is a radical act, even though it seems so mundane. The tragic death of Chadwick Boseman doubled down on just how important representation is.
The same applies to sexuality. When Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima performed a same-sex dance on Strictly in — a stunning moment — the routine received complaints. You have same-sex marriage and you have Pride, what more do you want?
But for now, it is historic and a watershed moment in UK telly, and one which has the capability to change minds and attitudes in the living room. Get in touch by ing jess. Sorry, this video isn't available any more.
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